Written by Christy Gibas
As I walked around picking up miscellaneous things that needed placed in their rightful spots, I walked into my bathroom and looked at the floor with four pairs of shoes lined up along the wall. I had taken them off and left them there before slipping into a hot bath or changing into another one of my multiple outfits. As I stood there looking at their great condition, I began to think of other places where people go barefoot. I had thoughts of people in our country that put tape on the bottom of their shoes to keep dry.
Who am I that God has blessed me? I thought about the many more pairs of shoes I had. The clothes that I have that I never wear. The treasures that I saved my money to buy that now sat around as dust collectors.
We live in a culture of consumer. I am astounded by the reality of my wealth. Yes, wealth. I have rich people problems. And I would venture to say you do as well! I know this to be true, recalling the poorest time of my life. We purchased our thirteen year old one Christmas present with a gift of money that was given to us. Our one year old received nothing from us because we didn’t have the money. Some days we wondered where grocery money was going to come from. Those were the poorest of our days… and we still had rich people problems!
Cars belong to rich people. Rich people have shelter from the elements. Rich people wear shoes and go to school. Rich people must be reminded to fast because our bellies are so full that it takes our minds off of spiritual things!
It is not wrong to have things. It’s all about stewardship. I am not special. I do not have more because God loves me more. But those of us with rich people problems should feel a great responsibility to be a good steward. The Bible reminds us in Proverbs 11: 24-25 (NLT), “Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”
Stewardship is a big deal to God. This year, I am challenging myself to be a refresher of others. I want to generously invest in the lives of those around me. I want to share my stuff, my gifts, my time, and my money. I am praying to be intentional with my resources, my words, and my relationships. I live in gratitude that no matter what my bank account says, it is my honor and privilege to be a blessing because I am counted among those with rich people problems.