If it were easy, we’d never grow, we’d never discover ourselves, we’d never follow the path that He’s guiding us down. How do we make the choices of love, careers, friends, and even our lifestyle? Some people seem to be born with the golden spoon, everything they say or do, flawless, money to spend, money to burn, the home that is worth millions, and a life that has others green with envy.
While others live paycheck to paycheck, always working hard for every penny, never knowing if they’ll have enough for groceries, never enough extra in the paycheck to purchase a want or even pay for the unexpected.
How does this happen? I’ll never forget the time I listened to two men tell their stories of how they tithe. It was fascinating to listen to the older man, who had worked hard all of his life to provide for his family. He and his wife lived a comfortable life, their children grown and on their own; however, what was interesting is that this man didn’t feel it was necessary to purchase lavish homes, clothes or vehicles, nor did his family take lavish trips. Instead, he talked about loading the family into the station wagon, how his wife would pack food into the picnic basket and off they would go to enjoy time together, as a family.
Now the younger man’s story was quite opposite. He was a man of wealth, someone who craved a lavish home, clothes, vehicles, and trips; not so much quality family time. The younger man most definitely hadn’t seen hardship nor a lack of income. He even took a moment to share that his wife always tells him “not to worry, we’re very well off.” His story of tithing was not one of sacrifice or going without what he wants. His is one of his needs; first, everything else comes last.
Most of the audience reacted the same, honestly not knowing if the younger man even realized what he was saying. I found myself walking out of the building in silence, not sharing my thoughts with anyone as I could only pray that God shed some light on this man’s life.
Hebrews 13:5: Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things as you have.