July 21, 2014

Frugal Living Series: A Matter of Faith

Being frugal does not mean you are cheap.

Nor does it automatically equate selfish, Scrooge-like behavior, either.

Choosing to be frugal is more about making wise choices with your limited resources.

It is about living within your own means.

Isn't that akin to being a good steward?

A good steward, or manager, uses what they have now. Not dipping into future possible earnings, nor asking for more.

A good steward knows their limitations and works within them. They are content with what they have now. today. at this moment.

Frugal living is about being content with our possessions, time, and money and using them for God's glory.

It is about believing God is sovereign. He is in control. He has blessed each of us with certain talents, time, possessions, and money. He has given us all we have.

With those talents, time, possessions, and money we can choose to squander them, save them, or use them for His glory.

It is all a matter of choice. And, the choice we make directly reflects our heart.

To be clear: Splurging once in a while isn't necessarily terrible. For instance, treating our children, or even ourselves, once in awhile is not always bad. However, spoiling ourselves, or our children, can be. Borrowing money to satisfy a want is not wise, nor is wasting all our resources.

Our motives in using, spending, or doing are what define our choices. For us, this is the heart of frugality: in doing the most with what we have been given, we glorify God.

 We want to give more, do more, but we can't if we needlessly squander our resources.

From time to time, I hope to share with you what we have learned {and are still learning} about living with a frugal mindset. It is to this end that I have created the Frugal Living Series. Below, you will find a listing of topics I hope to cover. {In the future, links will be supplied.}

A Better Life with Less - a series on frugal living
Food and Groceries
Vacations and Day Trips
Utility Bills
Gift Giving

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