As a son of an immigrant, I learned to be frugal. My grandmother kept all of her beds and couches in their original plastic to preserve these pieces of furniture as long as possible. Eating out was not a regular option, only done on special occasions a few times each year. The notion of wasting money was a foreign concept to me.
Do not eat the food of a begrudging host, do not crave his delicacies; Proverbs 23:6.
Now as I parent, I have softened some of my childhood beliefs. Yet, one of my biggest struggles occurs while on vacation. After working hard to save enough money for Spring Break, a week in Florida can break the bank quickly. Whether its taking the family to a Phillies game in Clearwater, going out to a nice restaurant or visiting an amusement park, it doesn’t take much to blow a quick $500. When I do, I become a begrudging host.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding, Proverbs 3:5.
For the needy, poor and unemployed, knowing where the money will come from for your next bill, meal or mortgage is scary. Any kind of uncertainty can move the unstable into a state of panic. In view of this, its essential to remember the words of Solomon by placing your trust in a firm foundation. Though not everyone will be blessed with riches, when you do have the opportunity to give, do so with a cheerful heart.
by Jay Mankus