I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11-13
Lisa Pryor starts her letter to the newspaper with these words: “Let me tell you about the cult I joined, the cult of thrift.” She continues by describing how empowering it has been for her to change her lifestyle to live a debt-free, zero-waste, frugal and minimalist life.
It is difficult to have an honest, non-judgmental conversation about money or possessions, but Jesus talked more about those things than any other subject. 16 of the 38 parables were concerned with how to handle money and possessions. In the Gospels, an amazing 1 out of 10 verses (288 in all) deal directly with the subject of money. The Bible offers 500 verses on prayer, less than 500 verses on faith, but more than 2,000 verses on money and possessions. (Howard Dayton)
October is Stewardship month and Stewardship is often an uncomfortable subject, because when we talk about money, we are usually talking about the core values and practices of our whole lives. The whole point of talking about money is to give us a chance to have the best relationship with God and the people in our lives, and to have the right relationship with our stuff and our money. The recent movement, popular particularly with younger folks, is a movement away from accumulating and a movement toward a more basic, simple life.
This month we are asking you to reflect on your life and your lifestyle. How do you decide how
to spend your money? How do you decide how much to give away? Are you happy with your choices? What did your parents do? Grandparents?
Jesus says over and over again that when we find ways to put God and those we love first, and our stuff and money lower down the line, we will be happier and more satisfied, no matter what else is going on in our lives.
Blessings to all,