Money Reality Check

My wife and I live in an Apartment.  It’s a nice apartment with running water, solid walls and a roof, so I can’t complain.  We’ve also made an offer to buy a home in Santa Rosa, but it’s contingent on the sale of our home in Washington, and that’s the snag, because it now been three months and no offers, even after adjusting the price twice, and that worries me.  But then I got thinking.

I don’t own that home, and either does the bank.  It’s all God’s—including the money that used to pay utilities, insurance, rent and mortgage on two places.

For a while I was stressing about the money matters.  But then I got thinking.  It’s not your money, stupid.  It’s God’s.  I’m just a manager and I can’t manage what I can’t control.

Then I thought about Jesus’ teaching on money and worry:  “I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)

I’m human, and I worry, but I’m also called to trust that Jesus knows what he’s talking about.  God cares.  God provides.  My job is to seek first things first, and trust that God’s going to take care of the rest.


About chris breuninger

I love life, my family, and Jesus. I enjoy live music, rigorous exercise, thoughtful movies, and strong coffee. I study scripture, wine, and people. I get frustrated with narrow minds, Christian stereotypes, and gardening. My vocation is pastor, but I’m hesitant to admit that, and I’m happy when people are surprised by that.
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10 Responses to Money Reality Check

  1. Douglas Richardson says:

    I’ve noticed looking back over my shoulder a connection between times when I worry about money and the lack thereof with new seasons of generosity. In other words my worry seems to reveal a belief/attitude that when exposed becomes the same strange spot where something like generosity starts springing up…like the flowers and the vines right about now. It seems like there is always a tattered side to every nice piece of tapestry work that’s occurring in me.

  2. Howard Burgoyne says:

    Chris, my heart goes out to you – we lived in that struggle when we moved from Chicago to St. Paul in 1990. Uggh. But you’re right – “the Lord gives, and the Lord takes away – blessed be the Name of the Lord.” My prayers will include this burden for your transition.

  3. karen titoni says:

    God will provide a buyer, because you are in the place you belong. Our group will pray for that sale, because we love you so much.

  4. Barb says:

    I am going to pray that you will get an offer on your house. It is only money after all, but you need to sell your house. Your situation reminds me a bit of my sister and her husband. He has been diagnosed with ALS–Lou Gherig’s disease. He can no longer walk up and down the stairs of their beautiful old home in Minneapolis. So they have to sell. They’ve moved into their basement apartment in order to help him survive. God knows that they must sell their house before they can buy another house, just as God knows you must sell your house before you can buy another house. God has a plan for you and Amy and your housing situation, just as he has a plan for my sister and her husband and their housing situation. Jesus says, “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” God will answer our prayers—we just don’t exactly how. Isn’t that what makes life such an adventure?

  5. I come back to that saying of Jesus many times.

  6. Barb says:

    thank you for that reminder of scriptures. Being on my own now sometimes causes worry to resurface its ugly head. But I am continuously being reminded through various ways that God IS MY PROVIDER. He told me over 15 years ago that “He would take care of me” during a difficult financial time, and I realize just now that it was not only for that moment in time then, but for ALWAYS.

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