Do you think being rich is a luxury or a necessity?
Well, if you ask me.. I say necessity. Yes, yes, I know that is a very controversial topic. Especially within the Christian community. However, it is you specifically that I am talking to.
So, stay with me and let me share with you a little story. 😉
Today we had landscapers at our house installing sod in our yard. Whether it was from our dogs or our chickens, parts of our yard had turned into big dirt piles. This had become less than desirable, so my husband had decided to move forward with re-sodding, but was determined to do it himself to save money.
After a few months of just talking about it, and realizing this was not going to be a good use of his time, we decided to hire a professional company.
So, a couple days ago, we received a consultation, agreed upon a price and scheduled the work for today. About 8am this morning, 3 men from the landscaping company showed up to our house to perform this job. The owner had a smile on his face and exuded a great attitude!
This got me thinking. As I was making Eli breakfast, I see these very hardworking guys laboring out back and giving their best effort. All of a sudden it occurred to me, that we were able to provide an income today for 3 families! Wow! What a blessing that is! Now, I’m sure this was not the only job they were going to do today. But, I know for sure that there was a big chuck of change they wouldn’t have had if we didn’t hire them for this job.
And, because we were not stingy and didn’t try to get the job done for the “lowest price possible”, we were able to be a blessing to these people. Let me tell you, this just brought a smile to my face and I was so happy to pay them their wages. In fact, I actually wanted to pay them more than the agreed upon price, but only had taken out the exact amount in cash. : /
So, what can we learn from this?
First of all, it is important to get our finances in order and get to a place where we have “more than enough”. (Btw, having more than enough is a promise from the Bible. ;))
Why do we NEED more than enough? Quite simply, if one is struggling to pay their electric bill (which we’ve done before), then it is very difficult to be a financial blessing to those around us. It makes it difficult to give large tips at restaurants, it makes it difficult to give nice gifts at holidays and it makes it difficult not to try and undercut somebody on a job like today, just because that’s all they have.
Now, if this is the spot you are in right now, don’t feel bad. I am not writing this as if we “have arrived”… we are still growing and building, just like you all! And, the ONLY reason we have anything is due to God’s supernatural blessing and increase!! We give Him all the glory for blessing our businesses and allowing us to be a blessing to others.
That being said, let me reiterate something here. I don’t think we need to be rich so that we can just roll around in our money (because that would be gross! ;)) And, it’s not so we can just stare at piles of cash (although that is quite exciting!). BUT, quite simply, God blesses us to fulfill the work He has called us to do on Earth.
It takes money to send somebody on a Missions trip. Or to go on one yourself. It takes money to run a church. Shucks it takes money to live indoors! To eat healthy food. The list goes on and on. Money is just a resource to make it all happen. And, thank God, He has more than enough to provide for it all!
So, I end this now and challenge you to ask… How can I be a conduit to bless somebody today? This is a game changer. When you “ask” to be able to bless people, God answers. He provides the resources, even when you can’t see where they will come from in the natural.
And, when He answers, not only will you be blessed, but you will be a blessing!!
Till next time.. Enjoy your day, and make it count!