If you’re anything like most people living on the face of the planet you don’t have a whole lot of money left over at the end of the month. Maybe you don’t even have any money left over at the end of the month.
You may be reading this and wish you could break even at month end, but instead find yourself not being able to meet all of your expenses.
I want you to know that I get you! I totally understand your pain and have been where you are. I also want you to know that…
I found the cure to all of my money problems.
Can I let you in on a little secret? It’ll work for you too! And, the best part yet, it’s totally FREE! Now that’s my kind of solution being the frugal gal that I am.
Trust me, it will change your life forever!
Are you ready? Wait for it…
Contentment and praise. Yes, those two little words will change your life!
At first glance you may think, “Oh whatever, I don’t need to hear this.” but that’s the wrong way to approach this and I ask you to have an open mind and humble heart as you continue reading.
Let’s tackle each one separately and start with contentment first.
Do you know that God gives each one of us a certain allotment that He finds sufficient to take care of our daily needs? Do you also know that most of us find ourselves discontent with that allotment. Our discontentment then leads us to coveting, and coveting then leads us to buying outside of our allotted financial means.
Now, let me just say, this is NOT always the case. There are definitely unique situations that fall outside of coveting and we’ll cover that in our second point.
Let me say this, I know you don’t intentionally mean to be discontent or covet.
But, if we’re being honest with ourselves and look within our own hearts you just might find some hidden areas you never realized were there.
Is it at the grocery store where you picked up an extra bag of chips or chocolate bar that fell outside of your budget?
Maybe it’s the pair of shoes you just couldn’t pass up that were on sale. After all, you had a 20% coupon to go on top of the sale. Who can pass that up, right?
Is it the Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino that is calling your name at 8:23 in the morning?
Is the Netflix subscription you must have, to binge watch your favorite TV shows?
Is it the latest Apple watch or iPhone everybody has that you can’t be without? I mean, come on, it’s the latest technology!
My point here, is if we dig deep enough we will uncover some areas of spending where we really didn’t need what we bought.
God promises to take care of His children better than the sparrows and lilies (Matthew 6:26).
God will take care of our needs, not our greeds.
The first cure to your money problems is to be content with the allotment God has given to you and strive to be a good steward of the resources He’s entrusted to you.
Go through your finances with a fine tooth comb and examine your heart. Is there any fat you can trim from your current expenses? Be honest with yourself and ask what is a true necessity and what is a luxury.
Now, let’s pivot to praise!
You may be saying, “I live on a lean budget and don’t have any fat and I still fall short each month.” Please know that you’re not alone. But, what I need you to understand is the same principle above—God has allotted that amount for you and His grace is sufficient.
Therefore, we must turn our financial shortfall into an opportunity for praise and gratitude.
Money is nothing but a tool God uses to measure our heart.
It’s a means to an end, not the end itself.
That’s why we don’t put our hope and trust in money. It can be here one day and gone the next. We place our hope and trust in God through Jesus Christ. He is our provider. He takes care of our daily needs.
That’s why we praise Him!
He puts us in situations where we can praise Him in the midst of difficulty which is a sign of Christian maturity.
We don’t only praise God when things look good and our situations are hopeful. No, we praise Him when our situations don’t look good and we can’t see hope. That is where we will find joy and contentment in the midst of our financial trials.
Jesus Christ is our hope, and once we turn our eyes away from our situation and on Him is when we can begin to praise and thank Him in the midst of difficulty. He promises to give you peace. Not a peace that the storm will end, but a peace that He is with you while the storm rages on, knowing He will not leave you nor forsake you.
“I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.” - Psalms 37:25
The next time you find yourself in a financial pickle, ask yourself two questions:
Is this a contentment or coveting issue? Am I living within my means?
Am I praising God through this financial difficulty with a grateful heart?
I don’t make a lot of promises, but this is one I can fully stand behind when I say if you implement these two life changing promises when faced with financial difficulty, you WILL change your life. Not because I have faith in my words, but because I have faith in God’s Word.
For His Glory,