Ellen said that to me earlier in the week and she believed it.
Because when we spend lots of money, I get nervous and, when nervous, I … uh … well … get mad.
But we’ve spent lots of money and I haven’t gotten mad.
Because I, a bona fide miser, had a conversion experience in Alaska.
I went there as a part of a Nazarene Work & Witness team. My friend Spiv summarized our mission experience in this way. She said it had three parts.
First, the work done by us—building, painting, etc.
Second, the work done through us—VBS.
Third, the work done in us.
God hit the target on that third one. Alaska became a work-done-in-me experience.
You need to know …
1) I worry about money. I can be pretty prickly when we spend lots of money in a short amount of time.
2) Going to Alaska cost more money than we could afford. On top of that, we had big expenses in July that were beyond the norm.
3) God through the generosity of others provided every penny for my Alaskan trip, every single penny.
4) Every time I spent money on anything I realized it was God’s money. A cup of coffee … God’s money. A jacket to keep warm … God’s money. Something for Ellen … God’s money. Lunch out … God’s money.
5) I came home with a new appreciation for God’s money and decided I’d let Him, if He wanted to, worry about the money thing. After all, it’s His.
We have a special friend in our home, Suvir Saran, who’s drawing others here. We’ll have a house full of people through the weekend. And it costs money to feed “a house full of people.”
No problem. God’s money will cover it.
I’m curious. What area has God been working on in your life?
Dark Eyes, Deep Eyes
Two men. Two eternal destinies.
One common hope.
What people are saying:
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Tarver’s storytelling technique as he takes us along with Nick and Wayne’s journeys through opposite eternal pathways is nothing short of genius.—Linda Rondeau, Author of The Other Side of Darkness
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