As we question, wrestle with, debate, reflect on and seek to grow in the ways our faith and resources work together, it can be helpful to pause and offer up a meditation that reminds us of our purpose and intention and calls on God’s help as we navigate these waters. Mark and Lisa Scandrette, in Free: Spending your Time and Money on What Matters Most, offer this daily reflection to us:
Which line of the prayer do you most resonate with? Are there any lines you struggle to say with honesty? Which parts do you offer as statements of action, which as statements of belief and which as statements of intention?
I know that I am cared for by an abundant Provider.
I choose to be grateful and trusting
I believe I have enough and that what I need will always be provided.
I choose to be content and generous.
I know that my choices matter for myself, for others and for future generations.
Help me to live consciously and creatively,
celebrating signs of your new creation that is present and coming.
Creator, who made me to seek the greater good of Your kingdom,
Guide me to use my time, talents and resources to pursue what matters most.
Teach me to be free,
to live without worry, fear or greed in the freedom of Your abundance.
Give me my daily bread, as I share with those in need.
Thank You for the precious gift of life.