Hard times are a good opportunity to take stock of our lifestyles. The average American is busier than ever before; working longer hours, traveling further, and owning more possessions. But studies show we are not necessarily any happier or any more fulfilled. Perhaps this is a good time to slow down and reassess what is important to us. “Cutting back” can have a
negative feel to it, but any gardener will tell you that pruning is a vital part of encouraging healthy growth. Our spending is regularly ahead of our income, then the inevitable consequence is debt. Debt can be difficult to manage and arises for all sorts of reasons. If you have significant debt, you are encouraged to take action as soon as possible.
You may find the following prayer helpful: Lord Jesus Christ, you taught about building treasure in heaven rather than on earth; teach us to be content when our needs are satisfied rather than our wants, and grant us wisdom to be faithful stewards. Amen.
Where are the temptations?
Action: What clutters your life? Look back at your budget.
What could you cut to free up more money? What about your schedule? What would give you more time to do the things you really want to do? Are you spending your time and your money on the things that are really important to you?
Pause for Reflection: Why do you think Jesus linked the sending out of the disciples to living without the clutter of