I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. ❤
To kick off Monday, I want to discuss a choice we have all had to face at some point in our lives and that is whether to stay or walk away from certain family members. Especially in regards to money.
We have all encountered at least one family member that walks that fine line of what you will tolerate and what you won’t, yet the Bible tells us –
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Pretty strong words Timothy…
When we think of providing for relatives, I think most people immediately think of it in the financial sense because that is the kind of world we live in today. Everything revolves around money, which just happens to be the root of all evil and Timothy is also kind enough to point that out to us –
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
So many families have been torn apart by money and the lies that can be attached to it but it’s time to redefine what providing for relatives really means.
It is my belief that God’s wallet can provide more for you and your family (whether it’s your immediate family, extended family,blood related or not) than money ever could so before you get yourself entangled in yet another cold war, I would like you to consider something –
If your family is reaching out to you for money, especially all the time, stop to consider what the underlying issue may be. Is it really financial? On the surface that may be the case but have you really taken the time to understand their situation? Lend an ear or a shoulder perhaps?Or are you just throwing money at the problem in the hopes that they and their problem will just go away?
There is nothing wrong with helping family out with financial troubles but many times family members will keep score and all it takes is one wrong move for the volcano of resentment to erupt. If you cannot part ways with your money without strings attached, don’t give your money. On the flip side of that, if you are the one in need of money and it comes with strings attached, don’t take the money.
Today, many of us feel like money is the key to happiness. We feel that as soon as we get that new car or house or raise, that our lives will just magically turn around for the better and we think if we help out a family member financially that all their problems will go away and that they will be happy too but the Bible tells us straight up that God has already got you covered –
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Be content with what you have. Why is that such a hard concept for most of us to grasp? Why do we insist on chasing the carrot? For every one person out there who is wishing for more money, more this and more that, there is one person out there wishing for a fraction of what we already have.
When you have access to God’s bank account, you start to see that your life becomes richer in all areas and believe it or not, that can include money!
Perfect example of this in the Bible is when God answers King Solomon –
1 Kings 3:10-14
10The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. 11So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies— 12I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! 13And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life! 14And if you follow me and obey my decrees and my commands as your father, David, did, I will give you a long life.”
It’s time to stop throwing money at all of life’s problems and ask God to help us. It’s time to stop buying your family’s love and actually connect with your family. Help your family get through tough times with love, patience, and understanding knowing that God will take care of the rest. ❤
To quote my mother –
“God is the creator of the universe and you think He can’t throw a few bucks your way?”
Take Care & God Bless ❤