Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 5:19
I’ve been decorating my house lately which means I’ve been spending money. It’s all fun at first until I see how much I’ve spent.
And it’s not that I don’t have the money to spend, because I do. In fact, we have lived in this house for over 3 years, and I still have many bear walls and very few decorations. Giving, saving, health, and schooling have been more of a priority than eye-pleasing walls.
Yet, after finally allowing myself to loosen the purse strings (by the encouragement of my husband), I have a more welcoming and enjoyable living space.
But why do I feel so guilty about it?
It’s because I struggle with enjoying the gift of wealth that God has blessed me with.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not advocating that we should all go spend our money just for our own enjoyment. We have to be responsible and prioritize. To do otherwise would be a misuse of what God has blessed us with.
However, there is a time to enjoy the fruits of our labor, to spend on things that are for our pleasure, and recognize that this is a gift from God.
For three years I have scarely spent a dime on decorating my home at the sacrifice of other things. Today, I will put my guilt aside and be empowered to receive my reward and rejoice in the mutual labor for which God has provided for my husband and me. This is the gift of God.
My glorious Lord, I know I must be a good steward of all that You have blessed me with. Please give me the wisdom to do that and to also remember that I can enjoy the gifts You have given without guilt. I am even more grateful to know that when I find it within my means to spend for my pleasure, I am providing for another’s labor to which they may prosper and provide for their livelihood. This is the cycle of dependence we have on each other. Thank you, Father, for all the gifts that You provide. Amen.
Truth in love,