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By God’s grace we can be conduits of God’s infinite love, with our time, our money, and our love. We can be windows for others to God.

Take time just now to consider how God can use all your resources to bring God's love to the world.

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Listen

"And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes."

Luke 16:8-9

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Think

As I understand life, we’ve been given (by God, if you’re a Christian) a limited amount of things. These things include time, talents, intelligence, energy, opportunity, and money, for example. The amount of each of these varies greatly from person to person. Some live long lives, others die way too young. Some have almost endless opportunities, others, not so much. Some are wealthy, some destitute.

Money is one of the limited things you have in your life. You will only make so much of it in your life. The soon-to-be-fired manager in Jesus’ story knew how to use the money he was in charge of to benefit himself, and the owner praised the manager for using money to secure his future.

More of everything may be better, but Jesus reminds us that the purpose of life is not to get more of everything (such as time or money), but to do our best with what we have. A little or a lot, the point of life is the same. What will you do with what you have?

Michael Usey

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Pray

I know, my God, that none of us has unlimited money or time. Give me the wisdom not to waste what I’ve been given. Amen.

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Go

Be generous with your time,
Your money,
And your love
To all those around you.

But get ready to be surprised
By how your generosity is
Made bigger by the exceeding
Generosity of God.

Michael Usey

Michael Usey is pastor of College Park, an American Baptist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. He grew up in San Diego and so speaks fluent Californian. His wife, Ann, teaches English at a Quaker high school. Together they have three wild and wonderful offspring—Nathan (20), Zachariah (18), and Hannah (14), as well as two dogs, Lily & Loki.

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