As I write this letter, I find myself in an extremely stressed state of mind. I share that with you because I don’t want you to feel alone. Maybe your’re stressed about your finances? Your lack of finances? Your relationships? Your lack of relationships? Your job? Your family? Whatever the case may be, stress is something that most of us come in conctact with on a regular basis.
This afternoon, I began getting extremely discouraged as I looked over bills and cost of living, and other random activities that cost money. It seems that no matter how hard I work or how hard I try to get ahead, I keep living life paycheck to paycheck praying that I will have enough money to make it. Before allowing myself to spiral down the road of negativity, I begin to reflect on some things I have observed over the years.
Americans are thought to be the richest people in the world. I know what you’re thinking, “I’m not one of those!” But the truth is, you ARE! If you’re reading this blog, whether it be on a computer or a cell phone, you are among the top 1% in terms of wealth in the world. Hard to believe, huh? I remember a few years ago my older brother, Eric, went on a mission trip to Haiti. When he returned, I heard about many different stories, but one still sticks out more than the others. I remember him saying how the people there lacked so much in terms of material possessions. They lacked things such as homes, clothes, food, etc. Although I was not shocked by those words, I’ll never forget next words he said which went something like this: “Although they didn’t have much, they had more than any of us there.” Isn’t that humbling?
Some of the poorest people in the world are more satisfied in life than most of the wealthiest people in the world!
Could it be why Matthew 5:2 says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”? I want to challenge you as you read this blog to step back and find out what you’re really stressed about. I can probably narrow it your stress down to two things. You’re either, one, living beyond your means or, two, what you expect to happen is different from what is really happening.
Whatever it is, stop right now and begin praying that God would take that burden from you. His Word tells us in Matthew 6:33 to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
God doesn’t want to worry about this things of this world. He wants us to set our mind on things above (see Colossians 3:2). So whatever you’re stressed about:
Give it to God. Make a plan. Execute the plan. Be thankful.