“From the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

Lk 12:48 NIV

Added blessing always brings added responsibility. So: (1) Stop complaining. Happiness doesn’t come from getting what you want; it comes from recognizing and enjoying what you have. So keep a positive attitude and be grateful every day. Rudyard Kipling said, “Don’t pay too much attention to fame, power, or money. Some day you’ll meet a person who cares for none of these, and then you’ll know how poor you are.” (2) Stop assuming. When you see your neighbors buying new furniture, taking expensive vacations, and driving the latest car, does something stir inside you to do the same? Be careful; just because someone appears to be in similar circumstances to yours doesn’t mean anything. They might earn twice as much. On the other hand, they may be in debt up to their ears or three-quarters of the way to bankruptcy or a divorce court. Stop making assumptions and trying to be like somebody else. (3) Stop withholding. Bruce Larson said, “Money is another pair of hands to heal, feed, and bless the desperate families of the earth. In other words, money is my other self.” But that’s only true if you’re willing to part with it. Money is like manure: If you let it pile up it stinks; if you spread it around it helps things grow. Money gives you options the less fortunate can only pray for. And one more very important thought: How you use your money will be one of the biggest issues you’ll face on Judgment Day. Indeed, it’ll be a determining factor when it comes to your eternal reward. Think about it!