Walking Economy

While I was digging in my file looking for something (anything!) to somehow inspire myself to write (Yes, I do get writer’s block at times), I found a compilation of quotes and quips on money and generosity by Rev. Brian Kluth of www.maximumgenerosity.com.

One time, a man lamented, “I’m a walking economy. My hairline’s in recession, my waist is a victim of inflation, and together they’re putting me in a deep depression!”

I think a wife said this, “A joint checking account is never overdrawn by the wife; it’s just under-deposited by her husband.”

Nowadays, because of the global financial crisis, “the safest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your pocket.”

Here’s another good one: “With the price of everything else going up these days, aren’t you glad the Lord hasn’t increased the tithe to 15%?”

While our dire situation is no laughing matter, there are times I feel that one of the only ways to cope is to find humor in it. But I believe the best way to conquer and not just cope is to trust God amidst the circumstances. Have you ever wondered why there are twice as many verses on wealth in the Bible than verses on faith and prayer combined? The way we handle our finances reveals what we really believe in and who we call upon when in a tight spot. “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” (Philippians 4:6-7, The Message) Turn worry into worship. Instead of panicking, praising God would be a better option. This financial crisis is really a test of our character. How we react and respond to it will reveal a lot about us and our relationship with God. “For your heart will always be where your riches are.” (Matthew 6:21, GNB)

That’s why we decided to have a rerun of the “Managing Our Finances God’s Way” video series. This time it will be in our Midweek Gathering, Wednesdays, 6:30PM, starting July 29. Please invite your friends and relatives to join this free, 7-part powerful series. How we manage our finances matters to God. He made an investment in our lives by providing us resources. Thus, He wants to make sure we would be good stewards of His blessings.

Brethren, are you a walking economy?

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