I’ve tried to spend most of my life being a good steward of the gifts God has given me.
So last spring I was surprised to be confronted with the realization that I have not been a good steward of my family’s finances. And I knew I desperately needed to change.
As I moved load after load of boxes and belongings to our new house, I knew my family had a lot of possessions. I tried to reason that it was because four people tend to own a lot of things. But once I hauled filled boxes to our basement for storage, I knew we simply had too many things.
And I had spent – and wasted – too much money on those things.
All of a sudden God revealed to me how the money used to buy all of those possessions – now stored in my basement – could have been used for His kingdom and for people who were truly in need.
It didn’t matter that I had bought most of the items on sale. I had spent hard-earned money on garbage that moth and rust can and will destroy.
From that day on I started viewing my purchases differently. Before buying something, I began asking myself if we truly needed it. I tried to discern between wants and needs. When I had my lapses in judgment, I knew that I would try harder – especially in 2013.
A few New Year’s resolutions
Now that we’re a week into the New Year, my resolutions are in full swing. As an attempt to help my family’s finances, I’m curbing unnecessary spending. By cutting out purchases we don’t need, we can become better stewards.
Additionally, I’m cleaning everything in our home and ruthlessly sorting through what we need and use – I’ll donate the rest.
Both books have encouraged me to downsize – and Jen Hatmaker’s experiences have particularly spurred me on to scale back on my possessions and give them to people in need.
Now that I’ve confessed what’s been going on in my heart and mind lately, can you relate at all? In what ways can improve stewardship in your life? What are some of your financial goals for 2013? How can you loosen your grip on possessions?
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