There’s the saying “God works in mysterious ways”.
I’ve mentioned several times, in previous posts, that I am a worry-wart (it’s the Capricorn in me). Although lately I have been doing quite well handling my anxiety, there are moments where my mind begins to wander and I slip into old thinking habits. However, today I allowed that careless moment to be a teachable moment. Let me explain.
Sometimes it is better to want, than to have.
I was sitting at my desk finishing up some work before a meeting. For some reason I began to think about Christmas shopping and how I need to get started (yes honey I said Christmas…it’s comin’). My mind immediately shifted to “God, I need more money”. Not too long after that thought I got an email from my supervisor addressed to me and others in our department stating that we need to begin working overtime hours for the next couple of weeks. You would think I would have been excited and relieved that God had answered my prayers. Nope. Not. At. All. Instead I said to myself “Man, I don’t want to work overtime”. I kid you not. As soon as the opportunity to make more money was on the table I didn’t want it. You mean I have to work to get the extra money!? I was hoping I would stumble on an envelope full of one-hundred dollar bills instead, lol. Now the thought of working overtime usually stresses me out. Just the thought of it. But this time I knew I had no room to even pretend to be stressed about it. I asked for more money, right?
During the meeting, I thought about David and I sitting down earlier this month and going over our budget. We were making an effort to do better and it was up to us to stay on track. I also thought of something I read on Instagram. I think it said something about being content with what you have (I’m sure you can imagine). So I decided to change my mindset. Instead of asking God to make it rain money over my house, I said “God, help us to be good stewards of what we do have”. How can I ask for more if I’m not being consistently responsible with what I currently have?
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
You may not be a religious or spiritual person. And that’s fine. But, if you are like me and you find yourself thinking about your current financial state through the same lens, please take a moment to fully evaluate your situation. Sometimes it’s not the money that needs adjusting. But the way we view and use our money that needs adjusting. When you know better you do better, right?
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