Karen and I have a firm biblical belief we serve a God who created everything with His mouth. Genesis 1 declares over and over that 'God said' and then 'God saw.' As His children, we believe we have been given the same power what we speak, we see. Karen and I guard our words carefully and wisely about us, our family, our friends, our church, our careers, and all things about us and around us.
When it comes to our finances and the financial situation regarding our children, we keep guards over our mouths. We don't want our words to become seeds to cause financial destruction. Two phrases Karen and I never say nor our children are never allowed to say are "I'm broke" or "I'm poor."
Beloved, we create things with our mouths. Our mouths create our destiny. Our voice gives life to our dreams and visions. Our words speak life or death so it important to speak life to our finances as well as all things which concern us.
I don't deny the existence of lack of funds. As I have shared, all go through various financial seasons. That is why money is called currency. Some days the currency is up and other days, it is down. Yet, we are not poor. Karen and I have seen poverty first hand many times.
When Karen and I were on our honeymoon cruise, we had a port of call in Belize. We decided to take an hour long bus excursion to view ancient Mayan ruins. To get there, we drove miles through the rainforest jungle. Time after time we saw vast amounts of tents and tarps where people lived.
Once we got to the sight, there was a precious little boy selling coconut water in the coconuts. His selling partner and pet? A small squirrel on a make-do leash using a string. That short excursion gave us a very small view of true financial poverty.
When you have seen true financial poverty, you can not say 'I am broke' or "I'm poor.' Because you can't financially dine at the restaurant of your choice doesn't mean you are poor when you can go home and dine like a king. There are millions wishing to dine on the TV dinners we have here in the states.
I shared in 5 Things I Have Learned About Money the reason why I say we are rich. If you have a combined household income of $54,000 or more, you are in the top 4% of the top income earners in the world. Your income exceeds 96% of the rest of the world. Not sure if this is a surprise to you or shock but you need to discover you are in fact rich.
- If you have a home or an apartment, you are rich.
- If you have a home air conditioner to save you from sweltering summer heat, you are rich.
- When you have the mass amount of vegetation called grass which takes an absorbent amount of money and sweat to mow and look good and you don't even eat it, you are rich.
- When the size of your closets are larger than a family's home in a third world country, you are rich.
- When you have built in rooms called garages just for our cars, we are rich.
- If you have a bike, car or any mode of transportation to get you from place to place without walking, you are rich.
- And speaking of cars, when we have built in seat heaters for our bottoms in the winter and cooling systems for summer, we are abundantly rich!
If I may write personally to our children: No, we are not poor nor are we broke. In fact, we are rich – prudently rich. Never, ever forget what Jesus said: it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. (Matthew 19:24) Also, don't forget the Scripture your mother quotes often when Jesus said to whom much is given, a lot more is required. (Luke 12:48)
Live everyday knowing everything we have God has provided for us. We are to be great managers of it. Enjoy it yet use it to bless others as well. And remember as always, people are always more important than the things we possess.
Selah. (pause and think about it)
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