Tuesday, October 03, 2006
A better steward
God has given me a gift (well, a lot more than just one, but let's focus here for a minute).
I make good money. More than I ever thought I would. And I'm always broke.
After paying bills a couple of weeks ago, I had $26.77 in my checking account and $40 for gas for two weeks. I was a little depressed by this thought. Then I remembered something. I can remember a time when we ate mac & cheese and corn for a week, because that's all we could afford, and I couldn't afford to borrow money because I couldn't afford to pay it back, and sometimes my bills weren't paid. After $26.77 we had food in the cupboard and freezer, we were set. I'm looking at breaking each utility down and seeing where I can save, even just a little bit. Looking at each trip to the grocery store. The other day I went to Save-A-Lot (I love this place) and I was putting things in my cart because "it's such a good deal" but as I was doing it, I made myself think "are we going to use this in the next two weeks?". If not, it went back on the shelf. I even brought my own bags instead of paying $.10 for theirs. I am working on getting my finances back in shape. Little by little, by applying the tricks I knew from the days of 4 jobs balancing it all. Daycare, gas, insurance that just seemed unbearable, but in those days, I was very careful with my money because I didn't have much. Now, I have much, but I wasn't so careful with it. I'm working on it, day by day. God has given me a great gift of meeting my needs financially, and I want to make sure I am a good steward.
Proverbs 13:11 Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.