Well, this is the beginning of the year and what do we hear, we went halfway over the fiscal cliff. Can I be honest with you? I am not concerned. Yes, I just got my first paycheck of 2013 and has less money than the one before. Yes, I have a lot of debt and expenses to pay. Why I am not concerned? First of all, as it says in Psalm 54:4 “Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” God is my provider and I assume responsibility for the debt that I have. This was not something that the government made me do, I got into that debt. I was fiscally irresponsible and my mistakes have consequences. I disobeyed to the instruction on Proverbs 22:26 “Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts” So if I have to tighten up, I will do so knowing that my Heavenly Father will provide for my needs. My wants will have to wait.
As I say that, we just watched with glee how much was spent just a few weeks ago. Christmas has moved from a spiritual celebration to a worldly, expensive one.
My 9-5 is very close to a shopping mall. My office has a window that looks directly onto the road in front of the mall. I would stare with amaze at how crowded that road was. Leaving work was painful during that time because the traffic was insane. I’m not against celebrations and presents. At the same time I know that people stretch themselves for the wrong reasons during this season, struggling in the aftermath.
Black Friday was just as eventful and successful as days prior. There were people camping in front of stores since Tuesday to buy a television. That’s beyond my comprehension. It all comes down to stewardship. Are you being a good steward of everything the Lord has given you? When I say everything that means your time, your resources, His Money…because it’s his, your body.
Trust in the Lord. Seek the kingdom of God first. He will supply your needs and instead of agonizing over the world’s economy, agonize over what else you can do to further the kingdom of God.
In Growth Lessons, I was reminded of this beautiful truth: Our walk with the Lord is a process of growing up into the image of Christ. P. Yates
I would recommend this book for anyone who would like some common sense and light added to their life. C. Cunningham
Great for meditations and daily devotions. N. Thames
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I’ll admit I get the point of your article here. So true.
Sadly, in our area you saw alot of people going to the stores but they were not buying. Here at least they did tons of window shopping instead. The retailers didn’t get near the business they hoped for – or needed to survive. Black Friday here wasn’t the indicator they hoped for.
I saved money to see if this year I could find a sale for my teenagers that will be going to college – one within months, the other SOON as well. I wanted to be able to give them a laptop which they will need. I was lucky enough to get one on that Black Friday Sale (which I had NEVER experienced before!). That was about it for me, and from the sounds of it? Others didn’t spend that much either compared to the past.
Some of the taxes will go up, and we will also see a smaller paycheck. lol we are not even close to the income most talk about in the news. God will look after us, and give us what we need. I had to admit though the economy presently scares me. Most people are tightening their belts, and I pray that the government learns to also. Take care of the hurting of course, but do hope they do more than fight from what I have seen. Sigh.
Hannah, thank you for your comments. Most of all I agree that our government needs to be more responsible with OUR tax money and budget better so that we can all benefit from the hard work, by having more available jobs, helping those in real need, and as good stewards making those who can work and chose not to off of any assistance. I do believe in that too 🙂