Author: Josh Dawkins (Bradley H.S.)
“I don’t need all of this money. I already have enough.” … said no one ever. Everything is run by money. If you want something, your parents probably told you to save up and buy it yourself. Some things to think about are…
- How much money do you earn in a week?
- How much of it do you spend?
- How much do you save?
- How much do you tithe (give to God)?
Have you noticed that the more you have, the more you need? When you were a kid of about four or five years old, you thought you were really rich with $1. Quarters and dimes were your main currency among you and your friends. Now, you know that you can go through $50 in a week if you wanted to. Sure, you think $1,000 is a lot now, but just wait until you are done with school and college and have a real job, and are paying real bills. I’m told that it is a lot more than what I deal with now. In the end, the more we have, the more we want.
- “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.” -Ecclesiastes 5:10.
I’d bet you want to know how to be happy with your money about now. Well, first off, it isn’t even your money. It is God’s money. Everything is God’s. ”The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” Psalms 24:1. It is not your money; so don’t be greedy with it. Actually, God asks you to give 10% back. This is called tithing. You can tithe in a number of ways. Giving to the church is probably the easiest. It can be as simple as a donation, or setting aside part of your income for God. Giving to God can be as grand as helping sponsor something like a charity event or helping sponsor someone like a missionary or giving to the poor. You can love God by being generous with money. Tithing is giving to the Church. Not necessarily the building, but the body of Christ. You can trust God will support & provide for you, so don’t worry about having enough.
- “Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.” -Matt 6:32-33
Text: © 2012 LCC- F.R.O.G. Youth Ministry. Used with author’s permission * Image: Google free use license