Yesterday, before church I was talking with a friend over coffee. We discussed the high cost of our beloved beverage at certain establishments. She mentioned how much money some regulars spend on a daily basis. She is preparing to go on a mission trip in the near future. She shared how she was worried that, upon returning to the states, she will have an increased awareness of how the excesses we as Americans take for granted.
Our conversation got me thinking- I’m rich!
It’s About Perspective
As I sipped on my large Jamaican coffee with two shots, I felt a twinge of conviction. I might not have an abundance, but I am blessed enough to enjoy the occasional indulgence. Instead of viewing my life through the filter of “have not,” I should focus on all of the blessings I have. Would I like a nicer, newer car? Of course I would; I’m only human. But my minivan is a blessing! Through it, kids have been able to attend Bible studies and youth group events. How many kids would be afforded such opportunity if I was driving a Mustang? That “Swag Van” of mine is a gift. When I view it from that perspective, it becomes precious and an honor to drive.
Change Your Vocabulary Change Your Life
After our conversation I was convicted of the words I’ve spoken. One of my favorite phrases has always been “I’m so broke, I can’t even pay attention.” But I now realize that these are words of defeat. How much better would it be to claim the victory God has given? Every penny that goes to groceries, gas, and rent comes from God. Those are the words that I should be speaking. I am blessed and able to live in abundance thanks to all of the blessings that have been bestowed on me by God.
Decide Where Your Heart is Located
In Matthew 6:19-21 Jesus said:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be.”
It would be cool if I had the money to buy that brand-new Mustang. But from the moment I drove it off of the dealership lot it would begin to lose value. I definitely would not buy one as an investment. Even the things that are considered to be sound financial investments are nothing more than a game of chance. There are so many variables that no earthly investment is considered 100% safe.
But when we invest in God’s kingdom we have the opportunity to participate in something eternally amazing. My wife and I don’t exactly live in our dream home. But if I’m storing my treasures in heaven, I realize that I am blessed to have been called to the mission field in which I live. We are richer than we often realize. I invite you to live your life from that perspective.