Ask yourself, “Who has less than me?”
“What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner.” —Colette
My Mom grew up in an extremely wealthy home. Her dad invented a version of the modern-day Moped for the English Army during World War II and retained the patent afterward. She lived in a spectacular home in Liverpool and spent summers in a huge English manor in the countryside… when they weren't in Monaco.
Then she married my dad, a missionary with hardly a penny to his name.
My Mom's fall down the socioeconomic ladder could be described as “precipitous.” Home for her growing family was now a two-room “lodge” of concrete and cinder block. To her credit, she never had a moment of bitterness. Through her attitude and her actions, she taught us a very important principle: You don't determine how wealthy you are by comparing yourself to those with more, but by asking yourself, “Who has less?!”
At Christmastime, we had very little extra. My mom's mom (our “Nana”) would always come through for us grandkids with a pile of gifts. No complaints. It was awesome. But the next day, mom and dad would have us scour the lodge to find extra toys and clothes. We would pile them and ourselves in the car and then take them to the streets’ kids and orphanages of Manchester. (It was our family’s annual version of England’s 1,500-year-old “Boxing Day” tradition.) It was a meaningful blessing for the children in need. It was a powerful lesson for those of us who had more than we needed.
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”– Luke 12:32-34
Wealth and poverty are such relative terms. It’s so easy to get things out of perspective. (Click on www.globalrichlist.com to see how you really compare!) Life gets really blurry when we compare ourselves to the very few who have more, and forget the multitudes who have less.
May God, by His amazing grace, give us great joy in the material and spiritual riches He has given us. And may we be wise to know what to do with the extra!
Jehovah Jira, God, my Provider, thank you, Lord, for the incredible blessings You have poured into my life both spiritually and materially! Please give me a more accurate perception of my wealth in all ways. By the guidance of the Word and Your Spirit, lead me into new traditions of giving and generosity starting today! Amen!
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