Budgets. Bills. Bank accounts.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes money feels like a curse, whether it’s because we don’t seem to have a enough, or because we have some and we have no idea what to do with it and it always seems to be disappearing like an ice cream cone on a hot day. Only not as sweet.
You know what the best part about Mike’s and my journey so far has been? The freedom.
Ever since Mike and I decided to pull out all the stops and get out of debt within a year, Mike and I have experienced something totally new and unexpected: rather than money becoming even more of a drudge, we have started to see how our money can be and is a blessing, both to us and to others! Even though we are living on a really tight budget and have actually experienced a loss of income since we started, we’ve never felt more free in this area of our life. Crazy!
Then we read Proverbs 10:16 and we decided maybe this newfound freedom shouldn’t have been so unexpected after all:
16 The wages of the righteous is life,
but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.
This is exactly what we are experiencing! Before we started this journey to discover God’s plan for our lives and our finances, we were getting ourselves further and further into a big fat mess. Even when Mike and I were both working full-time, making plenty more money than we needed, it always seemed like finances were an issue that brought on depression and, well, death. Our money always seemed to be vanishing, we weren’t getting any closer to getting out of debt (we were, in fact, getting further into debt using credit cards), and we definitely weren’t getting any closer to any sort of “savings” goals- like money for a down payment on a house.
In our pursuit of righteousness when it comes to the management of our finances, Mike and I have discovered life. We’ve found peace and joy, even in the midst of trial and sacrifice! What a gift this has been. In fact, even though we hate being in debt and making only pennies, we are thankful for this season because it has taught us something of infinite value:
22 The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich,
and he adds no sorrow with it.
I get it now! With the proper perspective, wealth (or lack thereof) no longer brings sorrow- or depression or angst or fear or greed or whatever else it is that hangs you up about money. It no longer has power over you, constantly taunting you with the illusive promise of more. Rather, no matter what the circumstance, money becomes an instrument to bless- both yourself AND other people in your life.
How about you? Have you ever hated money? Have you discovered freedom in pursuing righteousness in the area of finances? Leave a comment!
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