Do you ever ponder the ‘what would I do if I won the lottery’ hypothetical in your head? The one where you imagine all the things you’d do with a million or so dollars?
I’ve been through seasons of financial blessing, and seasons of monetary hardship. Although my parents raised me with a fairly ‘que sera sera’ attitude towards money – if it’s there it’s there, if it’s not it’s not – I’ve never known true poverty. The kind that leaves you wondering if your family will live through the day.
The reality of scoring an easy $1 million would be quite different to what we imagine. We might claim that half will be given to the poor in Africa, or that we’ll buy our brother a new car… but would we really?
I do like the question though, as it reveals where our heart’s at – or at least our best intentions. So then, it begs the next question of whether, even if we are strapped for cash, we could make some of our dreams happen right now? If your heart is for eradicating poverty, what small step can you take where you’re at? Perhaps it’s a dollar a day in a money tin? Or raising awareness through social media?
If your heart is for assisting your brother, perhaps a small amount, or some words of encouragement or affirmation might really make a difference.
When I have more money, my behaviours don’t necessarily change. Because if my attitude is stingy, it will be stingy whether I have a little or a lot. Where’s your heart? Roll out the ‘if money were no object’ scenario through with someone and see how your heart leaps at the possibilities… Then ask God to reveal to you what is possible right now, in your current season. Allow him to guide you. Recognise you do have a choice in helping others, pursuing dreams and fighting for freedom. All the money and resources we have are gifts from God. Yes, we often work very hard for what we have. But God gives and he takes away. Nothing is ever guaranteed.
Let’s make sure our hearts are generous in all seasons. May we each know how to recognise the true needs around us, and have the courage to be obedient to God’s unique call on our lives. If he wants something to happen, he will provide for it. I’ve seen so many miracles in the area of money that I could never doubt that he truly can do anything.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)