Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Starting the new Financial Year

Isn't it amazing how we have so many new starts?  Well July means a new financial year for many businesses and not-for-profit organisations.  June becomes a busy, busy month and it doesn't really slow down for a couple of months as so much paperwork is filled out and distributed to auditors, employees, management and departments.  So with a new financial now already underway, take a moment to ask yourself "How will I start this new financial year?"    So how will you?    Some of us are organised and work out budgets, finances and goal setting for the new financial year whilst some go week-to-week or paycheck-to-paycheck.
I have found as I walk with God that He is simply amazing.  The last couple of years have been tough with so many changes happening in my family's life but He (God) has always provided what we've needed.  I am so thankful for this.  This journey has helped me to realise that good stewardship is not just the good thing to do, it is the right thing to do as well.  When we have given to the Lord first, even when we're not really sure about covering all accounts to be paid, He has always come through.  Now I'm not saying we should give to get  We should give to the Lord cheerfully. 
I don't want to get into an argument about tithing and if it's relevant to the NT Church or not.  I'll let you decide that between you and the Lord.  I just know from my own experience that 2Co 9:7 is true. "Each of you must make up your own mind about how much to give. But don't feel sorry that you must give and don't feel that you are forced to give. God loves people who love to give."
Why not take an audit on your life and where you want to go this year?  If you, like me, have decided to surrender your life to what God wants you will find yourself amazed and challenged by what unfolds in your life, but oh what an adventure to be on with God....

A thought for today
"What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right"

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