Walking in God’s Favor: When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside. I Corinthians 13:11 AMP
I clearly remember our parents teaching us the connection between work and money. As a kid, they would give my two younger brothers and me money for doing chores like cutting the grass, raking leaves or washing the car. As soon as I received my money, I would run down to the corner grocery store to spend every penny I had earned on Chinese Sweet & Sours Balls, Red Hots, banana flavored Now & Laters, and my favorite, Hostess Chocolate Twinkies.
My parents would comment how I had holes in my pocket when they observed how quickly I spent my money. They found teachable moments to encourage me to save. They planted seeds of wisdom like ” Money don’t grow on trees” in my life. My parents were the first teachers who sowed into my life the importance of working hard and saving money.
My truth is, even today as an adult I struggle with the desire to spend money I don’t have, to buy things I don’t need, to impress people I don’t know. That desire to spend money grew into an uncontrollable desire to have wealth without going through the process of developing the financial skills necessary to manage wealth.
One of the keys that differentiate the life of struggle with the life of stability is the will to delay immediate gratification for long-term goals. One sign of spiritual maturity is the will to choose long-term goals over short-term gain.
Moving from a life of struggle to a life of stability is an individual choice. Many Christians cannot see themselves maturing from a life of struggle to a life of stability; therefore they remain in a life struggle.
Faithful stewards learn to live on a budget and give their money a mission. But more importantly, faithful stewards are accountable to God. The faithful steward has learned to say “no” to the person in the mirror.
In order for you to move to a life of stability you are going to have to go through the process. It’s your choice. You have the ability to become a better steward of your wealth. I am a living example that God will empower your life to do that which you cannot on your own, do for yourself. Remember keep praying, keep believing, with God all things are possible.
Prayer of Blessing: Thank You Heavenly Father for allowing me to grow in Your grace.
Michael Vance is a senior account executive with Hundley Batts & Associates and the co-founder of stewardshipofwealth.com. Ardella Vance is a gifted educator and a Master Guide in the Pathfinders Club, a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people. The Vance’s have been married well over 25 years and share their lives with four adult children and four grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama.