Jesus is Free, Lunches are not

When I started High school I seriously thought I was the coolest person ever. I was coming off a jr high “high” with titles like— cheerleader, Mrs OJHS, president of student council, FCA leader of some sort (I can’t remember), advanced courses … yada yada yada

I always joke and say I peaked in Jr. High.

Tre truth is, In worldly terms I did peak. Once I got to high school it was all down hill with my wordly status.

At quite a young age I realized how meaningless those titles were. I was able to serve in those positions as a Christian and that was why God placed me there. He knew I needed a gut check early on.

I thought it was something I did to get myself in those places, but it was Jesus. I lost sight of who to give all the glory too.

I honestly have a terrible memory of high school. I legitimately have memory blocks. One class I remember from the beginning was Free Enterprise.

I can’t remember the teacher name (all my ouachita people help me out)

I remember what was written on the chalkboard

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch”

I was seriously confused by this statement.

Nothing is free.

Except Jesus,

I added that last part 😆

He was teaching a lesson that quite frankly a lot of people need to hear. Why did this lesson stick out to me so much?

I’ve asked myself that a lot actually. Especially when I contemplate how much i don’t remember from that era of my life.

Even more importantly, why on earth is that phrase going off in sirens in my mind this week? It’s most likely because my husband and I are starting a journey learning how to be good stewards of our money.

We have been listening to audible books and learning together so that we can lay the groundwork for our future generations.

We don’t care to be rich, we care about our legacy and we want to ensure our children not only know Jesus, but they have the tools to be successful and effectively spread the good news to future generations.

My thoughts are extremely scattered and I genuinely don’t think any of this makes sense. My goal in this weeks blog, is to spark thoughts about how we want to raise our children in regards to financial education.

My free enterprise teacher is the only person I remember talking about money.

That’s sad! We are inundated with information for 12 years and school age is a prime time to teach life sustaining skills.

Maybe you aren’t sure you truly know how to handle and manage money, I urge you to invest time in your mind. There are hundreds of books out there that will teach you.

The most important piece to all of it.

Prayer.

Pray about every single thing you spend your money on.

Pray for financial wisdom.

“Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.” Proverbs 13:11 ESV

Big hint (it’s not the lottery) 🤪😝

Slow and steady wins the race.

Humility goes a long way

Lord, I pray that we as Christian’s would arm ourself with knowledge about financial stability. I pray we would not get trapped in the rat race and let money and the lack of it rule our thoughts. I pray we can all find financial peace and freedom where we respect and understand finances. I pray you would open our eyes to where we need to change and place people in our lives to help us be good stewards of money. We love you and we thank you for everything you’ve given us. In Jesus name

Amen

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