"Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much. So if you have not been faithful with the unrighteous money, who will trust you with what is genuine? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to someone else, who will give you what is your own? No household slave can be the slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can’t be slaves to both God and money” (Luke 16:HCSB).
Do money and possession have a hold over me? How much worth do I put on possessions, things? It's easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest, the latest phone, that latest children's toy, the latest baby "essential."
Honestly, I've found myself throwing around money a little too freely. If my kids need more art supplies, I buy them. If they need some snacks, we add it to the grocery list. If we need new clothes, we buy them.
But am I so free with my giving? Why do I hesitate before giving to charities? Why do I worry about expenses, when planning a party for a friend?
And it goes further than money.
What I am I doing with the talents God has given to me? Am I making use of my strengths, my callings, my spiritual gifts? Am I living fully in who God created me to be? Or do I live my life looking at those around me, wishing I was somehow different?
Time, Money, Gifts, there are so many areas to practice discipline in. To step back, and take a look, think about how we're doing, individually. This is where I'm sitting today. These are the areas I want to improve.
I want to be a little more cautious when it comes to spending money on myself, and more free when it comes to helping others. This might mean writing down my spending, keeping track of what's actually going in and out in a week. Little expenses add up, if I want to give more, I probably need to be more mindful of things that I could cut out. Also, it might mean becoming a little more crafty, thinking of handmade ways I could give to others, without money flowing out of our budget. Either way, I long to be more intentional. Also, It means spending more time in prayer, being open to what the Holy Spirit has to say on the matter of stewardship, what directions He wants me (and our family) to go in our giving. Who knows, some new opportunities may present themselves.
Money is such a personal matter, but it was truly on my heart today.
What about you?