Are you faking it till you make it? By Michael & Ardella Vance

You are either a faithful steward or a unfaithful steward;  a  good example or a poor example. There is no in between. I clearly remember speaking at a  Community Empowerment Session for a church on the topic of stewardship.  When I completed my presentation I sat down next to Ardella and whispered “How did I do honey?

She looked dead to my eyes and asked, “Why are you talking about  something you are not doing yourself”?  Ouch! Yeah that hurts, but I made up my mind that day not to stand in front of God’s people and talk about something I was not practicing in my own life.  Just like the 70’s R&B group The Dramatics  sang in one of their many hit songs;  What You See is What You Get. Through the power of Jesus  Christ I’m committed to being a person of integrity. What you see is what you get.

I heard one my spiritual mentors Pastor Benjamin Jones say “Your career ends when you die, but your character goes on for eternity”. Gods truly wants to develop our character. He sent his son Jesus Christ to be our earthly example. When Jesus Christ returned to heaven to be with his father, he sent his followers a Comforter to empower us to overcome selfishness, lust, greed, deceitfulness, and covetousness so we can walk in our God-given purpose.

Faithful stewards are people of integrity. They follow through with what they say they’re going to do. Faithful stewards are people whose word is their bond. Faithful stewards are good examples and good leaders. They are an extremely positive witness to those who are in their circle of influence. Proverbs 20:7 (NASB) says, “A righteous man walks in his integrity; How blessed are his sons after him.”

How we spend and relate to money has more to say about our character than anything else. Have you ever spent money you don’t have, for a gift that someone don’t need, so people don’t become disappointed with you?  Many times money will reveal our inner selves; our true character. Our desire to make everyone happy during the holiday season can give your finances the holiday blues.

We encourage you this holiday season to spend wisely. Overcoming an American culture that encourages spending at the end of the year takes planning and discipline. Setting boundaries for the amount of money you are going to spend during the holiday season can bring joy and peace to your life.

Thank you for stopping by. We welcome you to post how not faking it till you make  and being  a person of integrity has helped you to become a better steward of your wealth.

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