Monday, May 17, 2010

What Question Am I Asking?

Why don’t I have more? Why don’t I have as much as him? Why don’t I have what she has? Why don’t I drive one of those? Why isn’t mine shiny, new and bigger like theirs? Culture wants me to focus on what I don't have.

But the question I need to ask is one that changes my approach, managing and thinking about money and stuff. The right question for us to ask...Why do I have more than I need?

The apostle Paul challenges all of us in this area..."Tell those who are rich in this world not to trust in their money, which will soon be gone. But their trust should be in the living God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment...Tell them they should be rich in good works and give generously to those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them."   (1 Timothy 6:17-19 NLT)

What if I began to think...When I’m blessed with more than I need, it’s because somebody else needs it. What if when I have “extra” I ask who could I help? What if when I have extra, I say to God...what are we going to do with it? What if when I have extra, I ask God...who needs my extra more than I do?

When I begin to realize I have more than I need...and when I begin asking the question "why do I have more than I need?" and when I recognize that God wants my 'extra' to help somebody else in need...everything changes.