This week, God has had me planted squarely on the subject of greed, contentment and consumption. It is hard to avoid the subject of money and materialism in light of the economic times we are experiencing. I have been making every effort to avoid the mass hysteria that the media seems to propagate and focus my attention squarely on the peace we can find in our God. Yet, even without seeking His Word specifically on this matter, every sermon I have heard and most of the things I have read keep pointing to something specific in my life He wants to address.
It started Sunday at Buckhead Church. We heard the final message of a six part series Andy Stanley has been preaching on finances called, Balanced. This week during 'laundry time' I listened to messages 4 & 5. (Don't ask why I didn't start in the beginning. I often do things strangely.) Message 5 truly spoke to my heart in a way messages about money and finances have not in the past. To sum it up Andy said, "When we become aware of what we don't have...we become discontent, and spend accordingly. Yet when we become aware of what others need...we become content, and give accordingly. Are you more aware of what you don't have or what others need?"
Lord, make me more aware of what others need than of what I want. It is profound in its simplicity.
As if this wasn't enough of a message. I just completed a chapter in Crazy Love called Profile of the Lukewarm. This chapter is one great big ouch, in terms of challenging the status quo for Christians.
I have been pondering these things for a couple of days--then the final straw was this post by Jon Acuff. (I'll wait...Go read it.) This is where the rubber meets the road for me. I find 'sacrificial giving' so difficult as a stay at home Mom. I don't feel that my time or our family finances are completely 'mine' to sacrifice. Sacrificing time or money feels like I am taking from my family. I am praying that God would make my perspective right on this issue.
Would love to hear your thoughts on the links above if you check them out.