Over the last several days, I’ve received numerous messages telling me what I should do with my upcoming stimulus check from the government. Many of these messages offer good and reasonable ideas that generally fall into the basic categories of give, spend or save.
While these messages are trying to provide ideas for what to do—in a practical way—with my money, I think they all miss an important ingredient: perspective.
Before we get to what we should do with our stimulus check, let’s ask a few questions.
Is it coming from the government?
Is it coming from my own pocket—getting back a little of what you paid in taxes?
Is it coming from the Lord?
In 1 Chronicles 29, David declares to the Lord that “Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”
If your perspective is that the money is ultimately the Lord’s and you are the steward, then it makes sense for you to go to Him for guidance on what to do with it.
In that case, the next step revolves around prayer. Praying for wisdom and discernment. Praying that your eyes may be open to see the needs around you—especially during these unprecedented times.
Pray also with praise to the Provider of all good things, including the new money in your pocket.
Then comes the plan. Ask yourself: What is your unique situation? How can you provide meaning, help and support in your sphere of influence and connection?
There are many opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our world; where can you be the most impactful?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer. We’re each in unique situations with unique gifts, time and resources. See where God can use you.
Spend some time in prayer, ask questions, seek opportunities … and most of all, make a plan that honors Him and advances His purposes!
If you need more ideas, feel free to contact us. We’d love to brainstorm with you—and/or your church!
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