Money is another one of those things I have seen many people struggle with. Whether you have a little or a lot there is a very good chance of wastefulness.
Growing up I was very poor. If not for my grandparents, Free School Lunches and WIC we probably would have been on food stamps. My siblings and I were not allowed to ask for anything when we went shopping unless it was a need. I played with the toys in the toy aisle and placed them back on the shelf when it was time to leave.
Because of not having money and being taught about needs and wants I am super sensitive to wasteful spending.
I get a sense of fury when I see people buying stuff I see as a want. I wonder if they know that there are other people like I was growing up who a want was never an option.
So the question arises are we allowed to enjoy our wealth or do we have to use to take care of others since the wealth really isn't ours.
What do I mean but Isn't ours?
God gives us the ability to make money. He says he will take care of our needs. So does this mean anything extra should go to help others?
Deuteronomy 8:18: But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
I'm certainly not talking about Lazy people. Those who live off of others when they can work. The bible says something different about them.
Proverbs 10: 1 The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother. Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death. The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
I'm talking about those who work hard and still cannot make enough to make ends meet.
The Bible tells us to care for one other and to do to others what we would want done for us. So "our money" our extra should be for others. Be Generous!
Luke 3:11: John answered, "Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same."
Proverbs 3:27: Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
Consider the orphaned children here in the us or in Africa with Tumanini.
Consider those without clean water with Kibo Group International.
Consider your neighbor who is forced into slavery with Worth While Wear
Consider a sister and brother who needs a job.
Consider a loved one who needs your care and a visit from you.
Don't buy that outfit when you have more than a weeks worth of clothing.
Don't buy flowers, pick them instead.
Don't build a bigger shed loan out your stuff.
Plant an extra role of veggies to help an elderly neighbor.
Don't buy a bigger house with more rooms unless you plan on filling those rooms with more people to love.
Give gifts of service instead of trinkets.
Give away extra clothing to those who need it.
Don't store up boxes in your attic when people can use it now.
Don't throw away anything that can be used by others donate it or give it away.
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