So my thought process is this, What did you prepare for me to do Lord? i see all these amazing acts, and deeds people do. i am in awe of their faith in Christ. As i type, my hands are shaky, because i feel God has something around the corner for me, and as exciting as it is, i'd be lying if i didn't say i was a bit fearful. Change is hard, and having faith when you don't see the finish line is even harder. So i've been praying. . . .
Praying for guidance and direction in my life. i've been asked God to speak to me, tell me what to do next, and then here's what happened. . . .
i read a great article on Facebook a dear friend posted, called how to be a minimalist. it really resonated with me. Talking about every time we buy something, or add something to our lives, it's just one more thing that we put on our plate. (Not to mention, one more thing that can get in front of God). One more thing that can break, one more thing to get lost ect.. (i never thought about it like that). it talked about how that "thing," whatever it may be, may make us happy for awhile, but never sustains us for very long. Then we are onto the next item, (electronics are a great example. We always want the newest and best). So all week i've been thinking about it, thinking about all the things i have, and what is really necessary. Do i really need 20 sweaters? Wouldn't 3 be sufficient?
Yesterday while driving home from a dentist appt. i was listening to the radio, and a sermon was on. Guess what it was about? Yep, same message, less is more. Hmmmm . . . . . . .
Coincidence? (i've learned there are very few coincidences with God).
Ok, so now i'm listening God. And just in case i didn't get it, i started reading a book on Deutronomy, and the same message popped out of the page. Wow! i got it, loud and clear.
To help explain what i beleve this means to me, here's some personal history. My husband and i own two small companies in the construction industry. For the last probably 4 to 5 years, it has been tough. A struggle at times, and money has been very tight. Through these times we have relied on God's strength for our family, and marriage. We learned to appreciate what we had, and try not to waste. There were many hamburger helper nights, (which i'm not slamming, they are delicious). i learned to clip coupons like nobodies business, and pinch and skimp where i could. My husband had an enormous amount of pressure on him, and i cried many night because i felt so helpless i couldn't help. My husband is a good man, he took several pay cuts in his own paycheck in order to save peoples jobs, and held off laying anyone off until he couldn't wait any longer.
Now we return to present day. in the last 6 months or so, business has been doing really well. (We are in no means millionaires, but much better off). So when i got this message less is more, i could help but become panicked. i started questioning God's motives right away. "What does this mean? Are we going to have to go through that horrible time again? Should i start saving as many pennies as i can?" and then God asked me, "Why must it be bad?" You see, once again letting my fear even rule my conversations with God. i felt God calm my spirit, and remind me of a verse in the bible, one that i clung to in my darkest moments, "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?" Luke 16:10-11.
i leave you with this, ".....You cannot serve both God and money." (Luke 16:13). Less is more.