four minutes with God: Deuteronomy 16:17

a Quote:
“…understanding ownership was half of my lesson. If God was the owner, I was the manager. I needed to adopt a steward’s mentality toward the assets He had entrusted – not given – to me.

A steward manages assets for the owner’s benefit. The steward carries no sense of entitlement to the assets he manages. It’s his job to find out what the owner wants done with his assets, then carry out his will.”
(from The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving by Randy Alcorn)

my Prayer:
Lord, scheduling tithe checks on bill pay is some serious fun! Thank you for the joy we feel in this obedience. THANK YOU for the provision of my husband’s bonus and THANK YOU for the opportunity to give even more than we normally do. The feeling that comes from giving back some of the money you’ve entrusted to us is like an adrenaline high! Thank you that we never regret it or begrudge it. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to serve you this way. We pray that we’ve interpreted your will correctly and sent your money where you wanted it to go. We pray that you will abundantly bless the efforts of those to whom you have sent it and we trust you to work all things for your good and your glory.

Our continuous prayer is that you help us to be good stewards of everything you entrust to us and to help us achieve our goal of becoming debt-free. Thank you for this answer to our prayer. Thank you for providing a means for more debt reduction. We profoundly understand what a blessing this job is and even more the blessing of this bonus. Thank you, Lord.

the Word:
“Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.”
Deuteronomy 16:17 (NAS)

the lyric:
“Rich or poor God I want You more, than anything that glitters in this world. Be my all, all consuming fire.
You can have all my hands can hold, my heart, mind, strength and soul, Be my all, all consuming fire.
All we need, all we need, all we need is You.”
from All We Need (youtube link) by Charlie Hall (amazon link)


This was dual published on my Pragmatic Communion blog.

2 thoughts on “four minutes with God: Deuteronomy 16:17

  1. Maybe we were twins separated at birth? I feel the exact same way. Jim being out of work lo those many months has caused some major crimpage to the tithing–we kept the “musts” like Compassion Int’l, but our church came off the list until the paychecks come in April. Looking Forward to that day!!

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  2. Oh, and I wanted to say thanks for the fresh perspective. We often hear that we are just stewards of the money, but I don’t think I’ve ever sat and really thought it out like you did in the first paragraph. Thank you!

    Tina – That perspective was from Randy Alcorn in his book The Treasure Principle, but when it read it, it resonated with me. I love it when I read an author who can articulate so succinctly what I believe! Great little book! You can get it FREE on paperbackswap.com (by JSM)

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