I am going to talk about something that makes the Christian community incredibly uncomfortable.
It is okay to want to use an opportunity to create a better financial future for your family.
It is okay to go towards your dreams.
It is okay to own a business and want to make money.
It is also wise to remember, as we work towards building a financial future for our family and even working towards making dreams come true, that when much is given, much is expected.
So if you are fortunate to build wealth (and honestly, that looks different for all of us. You define success.) much will be expected of you.
It doesn’t mean you are not kingdom minded if you are rich. Or become rich. Or have a successful business.
I talk to many wives and mamas who feel crushed under the weight of financial stress. Unless you understand the feeling of not knowing how you will pay for your groceries, pay for needs in your home, pay bills, do not assume that the woman you see working her business daily is not Kingdom minded. When a woman wants to stop fighting with her spouse about money, and is willing to do something about it, that is kingdom minded.
She is fighting for her family. That is kingdom minded. That is kingdom impact. Because she realizes that providing for the needs of her family and her household is how she will encourage those in her care to grow, trust, share, show compassion, have faith, and more.
Totally put this devotional on my Christmas list.
I have been praying a great deal about what I want to cultivate for my family. As we remain in transition, it is getting harder. And to be 100% honest with you, I am tired of it. But that is what happens when things are hard. You go through a multitude of emotions and feelings. And that is okay.
But I have made some big decisions lately, decisions that I will share later in the week, but I am confident that it will be better for my family and better for me and for my gift mix and abilities.
I am scared as heck, but it seems the word that has been repeated over and over again in my heart is “Brave.”
Brave will be my personal word for 2018. Still praying over our family one. But Brave is mine. Because I will have to be.
To do new things.
To face new challenges.
To let go of what is good and go for great.
That takes bravery.
So if you, sister friend, are sitting behind your screen critical of your friend or the mama who seems to be working toward wealth and you feel the need to judge why, take a moment to shoot her a message and ask about her story. You might be surprised.
And to you, sister friend, who is working so hard on your job or your business to provide something different for your family, keep going. Keep Him first. Pray for your business/job and remember that with much given, much is expected.
Be a Size You,