It’s not about how much you make but rather what you do when money comes your way.
If you know how to handle money when you are just starting in your career you will know what to do when the millions of Pesos come your way. My desire for you is that when more money comes your way it does not destroy you but rather my hope is that as you earn more you save more. That as you save more, generations upon generations will benefit because you started to be faithful with the money that came your way.
If you are a parent like me then you can understand how kids can constantly ask to buy new toys. “Dad, buy me this… Dad, buy me that!”. And recently my son, Josiah, has gone on a lego craze. He wants everything and anything lego. When we go to the toy store he immediately runs through the aisles of toys searching for the lego section. Once he finds it he becomes so captivated with the large lego products. You know what I’m talking about. It’s those pieces that build a towering castle, a futuristic spaceship, or an epic superhero battle. When he looks at it he see’s the end product but when I look at it all I see are the time consuming little pieces that need to be put together.
What my son has yet to understand is to be able to build the finish product we have to be sure we can handle putting together the small pieces. And so before I buy him the intricate large lego products I want him to be able to handle the small. The worst thing that can happen to a parent is to have a frustrated whining child trying build a toy out of thousands of pieces. When my son can handle the smaller products I will then start giving him the larger.
You are probably asking yourself, “Is this an article on legos?” Actually it is more of an article of faithfulness. We might not be in awe of the newest largest lego products but we can become enthralled with having the newest largest lifestyle products. We begin dreaming for that gorgeous house, for that adventurous jet-setting vacation, or even just the security of have millions in our bank. And none of that is bad. I actually have a few dreams of my own for my family. What can cause problems is when we focus on achieving the large without being faithful in the small. Thinking we can handle millions when we are having trouble managing thousands. If we have not been faithful with the little we can begin to find ourselves just like my son… frustrated and whining.
So how do we stay faithful? There is are a few life principles that can be found in the bible that I have been applying to my life that has been helping me navigate faithfulness.
To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. (Matthew 25:29)
1. Live life as a gift
Have you ever been around person who feels like the world owes them. They walk around entitled and you easily get the impression that you are there simply to get them to where they want to go. But when you’re around someone who views life as a gift or a blessing the atmosphere changes from entitlement to encouragement. When you begin to live life as a gift you will find yourself more thankful for all that you have. And honestly being thankful is less stressful.
2. Be faithful with the little
I don’t know about you but little doesn’t excite me. There’s nothing impressive with something small. I rather have a big car, a big house, a big budget, a big business. But for me to steward the large well I must be faithful with stewarding the small. Don’t despise small beginnings but use it as a training ground to prepare you for the bigger.
3. Don’t compare your behind the scenes with other people’s highlight reel.
I am a basketball fanatic and so I’m constantly on nba.com or espn watching the highlight reel of games. And in those small video clips you see the best of the best. You see the amazing dunks, the behind the back passes, the scenes that make you go WOW! Many times we compare our lives with other people’s highlights. We can compare our business with another business, our family with another family, our portfolio with another persons portfolio. We look at what they are doing and we can be in awe then we look at what we are doing and we can become discouraged. What we don’t see is their behind the scenes. They go through the same things you are going through but just like you those are the things you don’t share. So stop comparing yourself and just be faithful with what is on your plate.
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