Four Things I’ve Learned About Money
Every Tuesday I meet with a group of guys at Starbucks to read the Word, journal what God is saying to us, and pray together. I’ve been doing that nearly every week for probably 15 years or more.
Not only am I personally encouraged by the conversation among these guys, it also is a testimony to every person who walks in for coffee!
I have a friend who is a barista there. I’ve known him since he was in high school. Now he is in his early twenties, has been married for a few years, and has two baby girls.
A number of months ago I came in and had some time to catch up with him. Things were going very well in his life, other than just trying to adjust to the sleeping schedule of a newborn.
As I started to walk away from our conversation the Holy Spirit reminded me of a $100 bill I had in my pocket. I had recently been given this money and had kept it in my pocket waiting for God to show me who to give it to.
I turned back toward my friend, still sitting at the table in his green apron, finishing up his coffee and bagel, preparing to begin his shift. I reached out with the “holy handshake” and gave him the money. I said: “Love ya!” and walked out.
Jesus said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Here’s what I’ve learned about my money:
- God provided it. I wouldn’t have anything without Him.
- I steward it. I must use wisdom and discipline.
- God blesses it. Specifically, when I tithe God removes the curse from my finances.
- God multiplies it. When I give, God gives even more.
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”Luke 12:34 ESV
God loves a cheerful giver. Funny- I’m not sure I’ve ever met one who wasn’t.
I loved reading this. I remember when we were a young couple and someone blessed us with $100 and we were so humbled and overwhelmed by the gift. I also remember our prayer. “Lord, one day I want to be able to bless others like this.” Glad that day has come. Thank you for sharing your story.