Friday, August 29, 2008

It's Getting Lean, and Its Not about Meat!

These are lean times. But I don’t believe that’s all that bad. There is something positive about being forced to examine your priorities by taking a second look at where you spend your money. My guess is that most of us are a little too loose with the use of discretionary funds. Maybe it’s time to cut that caramel frappuccino from the treat list this week – time to discipline your impulsive whims.

It is right and good for us to perform a little introspection and self-examination. In this busy life we live, we don’t do this enough. The noise, commotion, and busyness of our schedules cause us to naturally forfeit this needed habit.

I’ve been a Christian for nearly 30 years, and there were many times in that span where my faith suffered from neglect. My walk with God has been stale at times, usually as a result of carelessness and too much focus on self. Apathy can creep up on you when you are not looking if you are not looking – looking to Christ that is.

Paul wrote this,

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.” - 2 Corinthians 13:5

Jesus also said that where your treasure is, there is where you will find your heart. What do these times of money pinching and budget adjustments reveal about the affections of your heart? Take a minute to reply to this blog and tell me what this money tightening season of life is teaching you…

What’s its telling me is that I’m too self-consumed and undisciplined, and my spending habits show it. Lord forgive me, and teach me to number my days aright, and to watch the numbers in the process.

1 comment:

Christina Patterson said...

It is quite coincidental that you wrote a blog about money. This weekend has been nothing but unexpected bills for me. Saturday morning I wake up and my cat cannot walk, so I spent the first half of the day (getting to work an hour late) in the vets office. Strike one. Then Sunday, I drive home from first service at church to take care of my cat's foot, get in the car (having to be at work in 10 min) and my battery is dead. I sat there for a second, thinking to myself. THIS MUST BE A JOKE! But no, and it was then I realized that I had not been spending my money wisely. Yes, I paid my bills on time and prepared for the known. But I don't prepare for the unknown, and spend the extra money on my self instead. So it has been quite a learning weekend for me,nonetheless. Thanks for the blog, if God didn't teach me the first two times, this third time He certainly did!

- Chrisitna