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"Christians should have a special way of managing their finances. The world calculates its income, but we Christians should measure revenue by outgoing. A meager income often follows inadequate giving. Proper giving almost guarantees a sufficient supply from God. If you do not give, then the Lord is under no obligation to give to you. Many have faith to ask God for money, but lack faith to give it away. When God gives, he always gives bountifully. He gives not only good measure, but pressed down, shaken together, and running over."
"Like fire, money itself is neither good nor evil. It is neutral, its character determined by the eye of the perceiver, the hand of the user." ~Jerrold Mundis, Making Peace With Money
"Time is money. Money is time. Reset your clock.'
The opposite of abundance is scarcity. These words contain great word play. The next time you notice yourself slipping into "scarcity thinking", reflect on the words. When you examine the word "scarcity" you will note it contains - scar--city or scar(e)-city which in turn produces a scar(ed)-city where the thinking is there is not enough: time, money or love).
Then examine the word "abundance!" See what God has entrusted to your community and celebrate the assets God has entrusted to you. This is the time to jump up and do a-bun-dance!
The problem is not that the young people haven't learned our values; it's that they have. They can see beneath our social and religious platitudes to what we care about most. Our great cultural message comes through loud and clear: It is an affluent lifestyle that counts for success and happiness.
Yet we sometimes seem startled when the young really take our consumer values to heart and lose their hearts in the process.
-- Jim Wallis from God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It, as quoted in The Steward Living in Covenant by Ronald E. Vallet.
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