I often joke around with my husband saying, “You’re a Farmer! Why haven’t you figured out how to grow a money tree?” I’ve often told my children, “Honey, No. Money doesn’t grow on trees. We can’t get that today.”
Have you ever wished money grew on trees? Have you dreamt in detail how you would spend your money if it did? If I had a money tree I would pay bills, buy a bigger house, a truck & trailer, better horses, build an indoor arena, and shop for the hubby. I’d give to the poor and hope that I could make a difference in someone’s life. HOWEVER, every time I dream of that tree and all the money it would grow, I also find myself dreaming of things that would benefit me. How about you? Do you ever dream of having a money tree?
This chapter was a challenge for me in a great sort of way! I’ve been struggling with the concept of money and lack of it I currently have. I have days when I’m just down right depressed because I can only dream of the things I want to go do, but can’t because I simply don’t have the funds. I’ve cut back, changed the way I do things, and while it helps, it’s just not enough to make up the difference. I’m as guilty of wanting money so that I can enjoy life as the rich fool in the Bible. My error? Just like the fool in the parable, I have to humbly admit, my plans have not always included God. (Wow-that’s hard to type….) Go to Luke 12:16-21 to read the parable.
“Jesus criticized the man’s affluence but his arrogance, not the presence of personal goals (which I have many), but the absence of God in those goals.” Does this statement resonate with anyone else but me?Talk about a kick in the pants….
This chapter definitely makes me step back and look at my motives. And my heart. And to me, it’s not all about money. God wants us to trust him with our time, our destination, our families, and the provision that HE has for us.
How did this chapter apply to you? I can’t wait to hear your comments!