Spending it Wisely while Living the Life
1st August 2018
Ok, so imagine this, you’re rich, you live in a grand palace, with grand clothes, grand wardrobes, grand stairs, grand servants, grand everything! Great, right? But one day, a very poor person comes to your palace and says, “You may have grand clothes, shoes, and stairs, but you don’t have grand contentment.” What would you feel like? Angry? Sad? Proud? This small story shows that contentment isn’t found in palaces, or riches. Every little girl’s dream is to be a princess. They vow that if they were princesses they would always be content. But actually, sometimes having a lot of money and stuff, makes you see the shabbiness of other things, and then you want more stuff!
It’s like when you get pocket money, unless you’re like me, who saves every single penny, once you get your pocket money, you’re instantly thinking of everything to buy, and if you have a lot of money, you continue and continue to buy, thinking it’s so much that it’ll never run out. Sadly, that’s not true, and maybe that’s good. If money never ran out, then we’d never stop buying stuff, houses, etc. It could be good for the poor, but then, people could keep most of the money for themselves, so the poor don’t get. Most of us girls spend money as if it grows on trees. In Matthew 6;19-21, Jesus says, “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. Jesus is saying that we should be spending His words (Tell others the good news). You can never overspend this money.
Ok, so back to our story, You’ve thought over and over again about what the pauper said. You’ve now decided that you’ll give half of your money to the poor, get an entire library on Bibles, and not buy a thing for the next 5 weeks! But best of all you’ve decided to be content with what you have! The pauper comes back and says, “You’ve learnt that the grandest thing of all is contentment, you’ve come far.” How would you feel then? Happy? Excited? Overjoyed? All of them? Now, I’m not telling you to give half of your money to the poor, or get an entire library of Bibles, or not buy a thing for the next 5 weeks, but I am telling you to be content. Because contentment is the best way, and money can’t make you content. Watch your father or mother as they go shopping, you’ll see they probably have a list. If they didn’t have a list they’d probably not be content with what they bought. The same way our list is the Bible. Take it as you go shopping in the fruit aisle of your heart. Read Galatians 5:22-23 on this list and find the fruit you need desperately in your life. But above all, Spend your money wisely my dear friend.