Pastor Jamie has been preaching on money the last few weeks, and it's had me reevaluating how I spend and save and give. I've always counted myself blessed because I have a brilliant mom who taught me how to manage money wisely. And I've learned a lot about tithing from Chewie (and still have more to learn, might I add). And Jesus is teaching me more and more about spending, saving, and giving in a way that glorifies him.
This week's sermon was in Proverbs 3:9-10 and specifically on how to handle money wisely. Pastor J gave us 5 points, which I thought I'd share with you (and I'll tell you why in a minute):
- Eat at home.
- Get rid of irresponsible credit card spending (and only have one card).
- Be frugal.
- Recognize the wealth you already have.
While I think all of these are super fantastic points, the one that's been hitting me the hardest is point 5. I finished a book the other day - Spiritual Rhythms by Mark Buchanan (fantastic book) - and one of the things he talked about is being thankful for what we have. He said we should make a list of all the "little" things we take for granted in order to be more aware of what the Lord has given us, and then he says we will develop a spirit of thankfulness as we realize how wealthy we really are.
This is some strong stuff. I too often forget just how many blessings God has given me. How about you? Are there blessings in your life that you take for granted?