This is the fifth day of the Love Blog Challenge
hosted by the lovely BelleBrita
Prompt for 2/7: Money.
There are more than 2,000 references to money and possessions in the Bible. Yes, God has some thoughts and He doesn’t hold back. Likewise, other than the Kingdom of God, Jesus spoke about money more than any other topic.
Money is a big deal. Not the collecting or the hoarding of it. God is not impressed when we create a power system based on who has the most. No, money is a big deal to God because he wants us to use it to do good.
Know what else He talks about more than 2,000 times? Poverty and justice. In the Old Testament, He said that His people should not be “hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your needy neighbor.” (Deuteronomy 15:7-8). David said “Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.” (Psalm 82:3) And there are just too many Proverbs to list.
Bottom line: don’t be stingy, be kind to those who have less, and care for others.
I’ve lived with a lot less than many as well as a lot more than some. I’ve had my gas turned off and I’ve put the check for AT&T in the envelope for MasterCard just to buy some time. I’ve always been pretty generous when I’m able. And I’ve given as much as I can even when it’s a bit tricky.
And I’m happy to say that, when it comes to money and marriage, Tim and I are financial soulmates. I cannot remember one time that I mentioned giving to a worthy cause that touched my heart or affected either someone I know or someone I heard about that Tim did not suggest giving even more. Even more than what I thought was at the top of our financial comfort zone.
So, here it is, short and sweet. Money is not an issue of contention for us. It never has been, not when I brought in more than Tim or vice versa. Not when we were kinda squeeking by or when we were pretty comfortable.
And honestly I can’t foresee a time when that will change.
But, make no mistake, Tim will never ask me to balance the checkbook. Never.