Friday is a bitter-sweet day for me. I look forward to the end of a work week and the ability to sleep in without having to wake up to an alarm clock. Every other Friday, like today, is my absolute favorite days of the month. Why is that, you ask? PAY DAY!!!
This morning, I woke up refreshed. With a hot freshly brewed coffee, I began to read through my bible plan on the YouVersion bible app (free to download). The day seemed even brighter when I checked my account and my paycheck posted. Unfortunately, the feeling of joy quickly vanished when the reality of my bills set in. The car note, car insurance, phone and credit card bills were all due. Slowly, I begin to pay each one and watched as the funds in my account dropped lower and lower. Two full weeks (80 hours) of work was spent in less than 2 minutes!
The life of adulting can feel overwhelming. What is the point of working for money, when you don’t get the chance to enjoy your money because of responsibilities? This is a struggle for most people. We are living to survive instead of living to live. As I sat in these feelings of bitterness, I was reminded of God’s word. Does money determine my happiness? Is my paycheck controlling how I feel about life? Are my responsibilities greater than my God? The answer to these questions is “No”. Yet, there I was feeling sad about spending my money on my bills.
Today Faith Fam, I encourage you to remember the following verses:
- He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. [Ecclesiastes 5:10].
- Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also [Matthew 6:19-21].
- As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life [1 Timothy 6:17-19].
- Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine [Proverbs 3:9-10].
Let these verses meditate in your heart. Feelings should not be determined based on finances. Let your feelings be moved by your faith. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have. Happy Friday 🙂