There is a strange phenomenon happening here. I am fairly certain that I am not alone in this. What happens when you feel like there could be a little wiggle room in your budget?
If you are like me, you start to feel a little relief and might even comment that you were able to put some money away into savings. You forgot to knock on wood. You didn’t have your fingers crossed. You said it out loud! And Wham…….that little devil gets busy. Unlike the tooth fairy, this one is not bringing you ANYTHING!
It can manifest itself in a leaky radiator, a washing machine that won’t spin, a vacuum that forgot how to vacuum, an ice maker that no longer wants to be cold, or good ole’ Uncle Sam. Taking care of it all is about as much fun as having a root canal but the end result is the same. This is the real world.
Things break, plans fail, people disappoint. Life gets very lifey sometimes.
So, we have choices. I have little choice in whether or not I take care of the problem. Ignoring it is usually not an option. What I can control is my attitude. This is the hard part. I can cry and complain. (I’ve done this many times and I end up with a stuffy nose and a headache) or I can choose to be positive.
So, what can I do?
- I’m trying hard to adopt the idea that money is like the tide. It comes and goes. At times I will have a surplus. At times I will be pinching pennies. Most situations, whether good or bad, won’t last forever.
So, today I’m working on adopting the attitude of Paul and trying hard not to fret over “things” that are temporary anyway.
Phillipians 4:11-13 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.