I came across this headline while reading this week.
The article shares some reflections from the billionaire on the future impact of his wealth. “Twenty years from now, I will be in a place where there will be no Forbes 400,” Buffett said on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. That is true for all of us, one day we will be in a place where bank accounts, financial holdings, real-estate and savings are not a concern.
I think we all have those moments where the “grass is greener” or we desperately want to “keep up with the Jones'”. If we are really honest with ourselves, when we preach about being counter-cultural and pushing for a less consumer community, we have a finger-pointing back at us too.
Over the years, my prayer life has undergone a huge transformation. From prayer for stuff, to prayer for discipline. From praying for more, to praying for a stewards heart. From praying for bigger and better, to praying for enough and right. It is an everyday orientation. I continue to work every day to be a better steward of the resources that God has given me.
Buffett’s challenge continues to intrigue me. It shouldn’t just be billionaires that think this way. I wonder, would I, could I be bold enough to take such a challenge? Would I be bold enough to give it all away?
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[a]destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-24 NRSV
So on this Monday, I invite you to join me in a prayer exercise.
1. Close the door, find a quiet place and breathe. Breathe deeply.
2. Confess your own struggles in the area of stewardship. God can handle it, throw it down.
3. Sit and be. Know that you are enough. God created you and as the saying goes “God doesn’t make junk.”
4. Ponder where you are storing and hoarding treasure, resources, or talents. Consider something you can do this week to reorient your treasure towards God’s purposes.
5. Give thanks for a God that has gifted you uniquely and sustains you completely.