Sometimes we have to keep our old clothes rather than swap them out for new ones. It’s a sacrifice that we just have to make when we have to make it.
This post is not about poverty, or lack, or lack of faith. This post is about discipline, a virtue we must possess if we would stand a chance in this present world or the one to come.
So! I’ve been saving like clockwork in the past few months. I’ll be honest and tell you that the contents of my not literal clay pot look miserable, but nay, I would not be deterred.
Yes saving is Life 101, I know. I used to have savings, but they, well… deteriorated over a period of time – still working on investments though (please share ideas in the comments section).
The thing is, I got a wakeup call from the Almighty that I had terrible stewardship of money. I used to give, give, give on impulse and spend on impulse too. Some people might say, at least you’re giving, but I can no longer agree. We have a responsibility as sons and daughters of God, to use our God-given resources, in this case, money, with integrity, and wisdom.
Now, when I receive money, I plan how it is going to be used. I put my tithe aside, and I put a percentage immediately aside, as my savings. Then I proceed to partition the rest for mini savings (micro, in my present case), and giving (yes, I put money aside to give for work in the kingdom in and “out” of church). And last, I put money aside for spending (for needs and wants).
What I’ve learned and I’m still learning in this season is patience. Some days I have to match my clothes, jewelry or shoes in many different ways rather than buy new ones (and to be honest, I’ve been enjoying God’s unexpected provision in this area of my life), and that’s absolutely fine. Some days I have to be content with a glass of water (at home) rather than buy myself some very cold awesome tasting juice. And that’s okay too.
Are you in a season of not so much? And are you walking in righteousness, wisdom, and good stewardship towards God’s resources? Then fear not! It’s not for ever, and things don’t mean that much in the grand scheme of life.
Don’t let anyone put you under pressure or make you feel bad when you’re practicing restraint. You’re doing the right thing, and God will provide all you need, as you trust Him with everything you have, and as you keep your palms open so you can answer easily when He calls you to give, to sacrifice, to let go, to bless another person.