Jennifer and I started our married life in a $500 per month apartment on the second floor of a three story building. In the apartment flat to the right lived two genuinely nice drug dealers. The apartment below-right contained a mom who liked to gamble during the day and left her two children under the age of five to fend for themselves. My awesome wife took them in and fed them regularly. The couple above us would soon divorce. In the apartment directly below lived a man who unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide and collapsed at the foot of our stairs during the attempt.
We ate on less than $0.50 per meal and we didn’t worry. We shopped for sales on tomato soup and Top Raman. Happiness doesn’t come from stuff and circumstance. God will provide.
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Matthew 6:25-29
Don’t compromise your relationship with your spouse during times of financial, work, or educational stress – keep focused on the things of eternal importance.
Ironically, we often lie to ourselves and say that if we have a certain amount of money saved or have job security then we can stop worrying and enjoy life. Yet, the opposite is usually true. It is common that as our assets increase we worry more about our finances. When you have more to lose, you have more to worry about.
“He is no fool to give what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”
-Jim Elliot, killed in the mission field
Ecclesiastes 5:10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he that loveth abundance with increase. This also is vanity.