Kelli and I have been married for 5 years now. For most of our marriage, we have complained about not having enough money, living paycheck to paycheck. Liam, our oldest son, came along in year three of our marriage and finances only grew tighter. “Man,” I thought, “now we really don’t have money.” Apparently, we didn’t understand how babies are made and out popped Levi 18 months later. We decided to take a step of faith and Kelli quit work to be home with the boys. “Seriously, can we get anymore broke?”
It seemed like every time we complained about being broke, we became broker.
In Matthew 6:26 Jesus says, “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they?” (NLT) I had read and heard that 1,000 times over. However, I felt like God wasn’t providing for me.
In hindsight, God trying to get my attention. Not only were we being forced to truly rely on God to provide, The Holy Spirit was trying to teach me something. Jesus says in Luke 16:10, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.”
God was providing everything we needed, but we weren’t being good managers of what He gave us. We had to change.
When I finally got the message, we got on budget. With one income we didn’t have very much to budget, but we budgeted anyway, which included our tithe. We quit eating out and took our lunch to work. We stopped going to the movies. We stopped buying more clothes than we needed.
Guess what? We had enough to pay bills. Then Kelli got a job.We continued budgeting. We started attacking our debt. Side work started rolling in.
Ten months ago and several thousand dollars in debt, we didn’t really have any idea where “our” money was going. Now, with a new way of thinking, a new understanding of what God expects of us as managers of His gifts, we know where every single dollar we are given goes and we will be out of debt at the end of the month.
I don’t say any of this to brag or boast about myself, but to give God glory in all circumstances. God provides everything we need; sometimes we are just too blind to see it. We compare ourselves to others and fail to see how God is already giving us everything we need. And when we manage His gifts well, we are rewarded with more of Him, more peace, and more endurance to obey.
Where can you be a better manager of the finances God is entrusting to you?