I have been feeling more and more convicted with what I am doing with my time, money, resources, and skills. I’m frustrated with the complacency that has seemed to fog my mind. I know that I am keeping my money and my time tightly in my closed-fist and I know that this needs to stop.
Thank God for people like Francis Chan who wrote Crazy Love.
Is this what I want to be doing when Christ comes back?
Wow. What a strong and convicting question. I know that if today was judgment day and God asked me what I did with my life I wouldn’t know what to say. Not only would my jaw drop and words would no longer seem important when God came to earth, but I would also be embarrassed by my actions.
We have been given so much grace by God. He doesn’t deserve to see us sitting on our butts in front of our TVs or computers (ironic, I know). He deserves people who love each other, give their money and time to others, and who trust him.
I like giving money away at church but I always tell myself to give only so much because… well, I don’t know. There’s no reason for me not to give more. Why don’t I? It doesn’t necessarily have to be at church. Why don’t I give it to his people directly?
I like volunteering. I like helping people but I always tell myself I don’t have the time. I’m a busy college student. While that is true, sadly, none of my grades, projects, or works will matter come judgment day. I don’t want God to look at me and say “you’re the girl who focused too intently on her grades and her standing than on the suffering of my people.”
Ouch. But, it’s true. Not only is this convicting for me, it should be for you as well. Look at your bank statements. Think back on the past weekend’s events. Where did your money go to? What did you do last weekend? Did you spend it sitting on the couch with family or friends watching a movie? Or did you go out to dinner and spend more than you had planned?
Meditate on the following statistics and imagine yourself as one of these people…
- 37% of the members of households served by Harvesters are children under 18 years old
- 9% of the members of households served by Harvesters are children age 0 to 5 years
- 8% are elderly
- Approximately 36% of clients are white; 51% are African American, 9% are Hispanic and the remainder are from other racial or ethnic groups.
- 40% of households include at least one employed adult
- 73% have incomes at or below the official federal poverty level
- 12% are receiving general assistance, welfare or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)*
- 5% are homeless
- 25% of Harvesters households report having at least one household member in poor health
For those of you who are parents, can you imagine getting by on what little you have, if what you earned never exceeded above the poverty line? How would you provide for your family? How would you provide for yourself?
I met a boy in the high school I am doing my teaching at who has had quite a rough time thus far in his life. His biological father left his mother and her three children. Their stepdad beat his mother, so, they ran away. They lived out of their car and had little money for food, so, his mother gave it all to her kids. Now, this boy has dreams of becoming a chef and has been nominated for his works in the career center. What an amazing story. God does amazing things.
I know you have the money and resources. I know you have the time. Think of all the things you could do with that time and money. You could:
- Volunteer at a local food bank
- Donate food or money to various charities
- Spend time with the elderly at nursing homes
- Mentor a child who comes from a difficult home life
There are so many other things that I can think of but these are just a few that take limited time and resources. I’m not saying you need to do this today. I’m not telling you to give all of your money away. God has given you this money to live by, but he has also given it to you to give away.
“After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.” 1 Timothy 6:7 (NLT)
Lastly, I will leave you with some Bible verses for you to think about…
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” 2 Corinthians 5:10 (ESV)
“For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall boy to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.’ So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” Romans 14:10-12 (ESV)
I’m planning on doing as much volunteer work as I can this summer along with finding a job in my career of interest. If anyone in the area would like to join me they are more than welcome to!