I decided I wanted pick a really easy topic for this week, so we’re going to talk about money all week!
See nice and easy. No one’s every gotten upset about money before right? I’m sure I read that somewhere.
Look, money’s touchy. We talk around it, we talk about it in abstract terms but rarely in a way that creates accountability. We don’t want anyone telling us what we should do with our hard earned money.
We have commitments and responsibilities and you don’t know what I’m dealing with so don’t tell me what to do.
Any of that sound familiar?
We are talking about money and to be honest if you don’t like it, tough. It’s an important topic.
I think one of the things we need to break when it comes to money is that is ours.
I know we’ve all heard it and if asked in church we’d say “everything I own is Gods” or something like.
No it’s not.
It’s supposed to be but it’s not. No worries, it’s a process.
One thing that we lack however is how to we begin or grow in the process of giving everything over to God. We know it’s all supposed to be God’s but I don’t feel like we have real tangible ways to start.
Here’s a start for you to try. It’s more about changing your perspective and getting you thinking than it is about huge monolithic change so don’t get too worried.
Think about your average week (reflection) and look at how you spend your money. Is there one thing you could change about how you spend (action)?
For me it was coffee. Ah, so dark, so delicious, so caffeiney. Caffeiney’s a word right? I’m just going to assume you agreed with me and move on.
At one point in my life I bought coffee almost every day. I was young and had some free dollars to spend. So to get my head in the right space about who’s money it was and get me to be more generous I started giving my coffee money away.
Some days that looked like be buying coffee for someone else. Some days it was me not buying coffee so I’d have some money to be generous in another way. Some days I forgot and just bought myself coffee.
It didn’t cost me any more than I was already spending. I didn’t give up coffee at all and I’m not asking you to stop what you’re doing, just change it. Yes I had to drink coffee at work which wasn’t as nice but my budget didn’t change one cent
My mind however changed a bunch.
It just gets you thinking about money. It gets you thinking about how much you actually have and how you spend it and ultimately who’s money it really is.
Maybe you cut back eating out by one time a week. Maybe you buy 1 coffee a day instead of 2. Maybe you buy a sweat at the consignment store and give the difference away. Maybe you decide that you won’t by brand name groceries and donate the difference to the food bank.
I’m not asking you to change your budget, yet, just how you spend within it.
I’m asking you to start thinking about what the spending of a person who lives a compassionate life would look like and I think this is a good start.