Capping our Lifestyles
Decisions on what to buy and own don’t have to be made solely based on their affordability. Our needs don’t have to expand to the amount of income we receive. However, what happens in most households is that, when income increases, so do the expenditures. When we give in to our tendency to want to accumulate, we begin to think that we need many things. We see money and possessions as the way to happiness. “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15). Unless we make the decision, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to live more simply and care more intentionally for others, we will spend all that we have on ourselves (We may even spend more than we have.). When we choose to live modestly, we create the potential for greater giving. Living comfortably but modestly can potentially free up money for giving that could have easily been spent on more exotic vacations, fancier and sportier cars, or over-sized homes. The line between comfort and luxury varies, but it exists. We should be asking the question of ourselves, “When is enough enough?”
Prayer: Dear Father, thank You for all my blessings especially the gift of Your Son. Help me not to get overly attached to the material things You entrust to me. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
Blessings on your journey as a steward!