Money, I feel like I’ve learned a lot about it.
Maybe not a lot, but a little.
Why do we, as humans, want money so badly? To buy the big house or the fancy car? Or is it to show off how well off we are to impress others?
Maybe all of the above. But I believe there is more to it.
Money for many if not all equates to safety. We feel safe if we have money. Not just that, but I believe we think money means less stress and worry in our lives.
With more money we don’t have to stress about how we will provide for our families or ourselves. With more money we don’t have to worry about how we will pay for our bills and vacation next month. With more money we feel safe. Like homelessness may be right around the corner for some, but not me so I’m good.
I think that’s why humans love money so much. Why humans may struggle letting go of their bond and relationship towards money. Because they see what it brings them and what they believe it doesnt bring them in life.
But through being broke and nosey in life, I’ve learned something else about money.
Being broke isn’t a bad thing. Actually it is a good thing if you know who God is.
At least I believe so.
You see yesterday morning I woke up to $11 in my bank account. I had to pick up my dog from daycare that morning and the daycare fee was well over $11. I didn’t know what I was going to do. Would I leave my dog in daycare for good?
So I opened up my Bible and read a chapter of Genesis. I also told God about my situation and how I didn’t have enough $ to afford getting my dog out of daycare.
A couple minutes later I check my bank account and I was blessed financially by someone.
I say all that to say, being broke and without isn’t bad when you know who to lean on. God will always provide I believe.
Though I am far from the poster Christian child, I hold Matthew 6:33 close to me:
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else and live righteously and He will give you everything you need.”
In that moment this morning when I was broke and had no idea what to do to get my dog, I leaned on God. I had hoped He would provide and a few short minutes later He did.
I took a step of faith and trusted in Him.
And if I recall correctly Hebrews reminds us that “without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).”
So by stepping out on faith, opening my Bible and having a conversation with God about my situation He came through.
I say all to say it’s not bad being broke. I actually believe it’s good to experience it at least once in your life. Because it is an opportunity to see just how much God cares for you and I. Remember Matthew 6:26 (New International Version):
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
God has been providing for our families long before our parents even met. Being broke and in need only makes you stop and appreciate where the blessings have been coming from for so many years. Where the blessings will continue to flow from.
No wonder God said “No one can serve two masters (Matthew 6:24).” People get so caught up thinking they are the ones taking care of themselves working such long hours to bring home the bacon that they neglect the fact that God gave them the skills they use at work. God gave them the family they were blessed with. God gave them the clothes on their backs. God gave them the money in their bank account.
God gave them their life and gives them the gift of each breathe they take every single day.
But sometimes it has to come to being broke or at the end of your ropes to stop and realize that which is truly unfortunate. Whether we are living abundantly or below the poverty line, we should appreciate all the blessings that come into our lives from God and God only.