The last couple of days I have been in Franklin for a Dave Ramsey Stewardship Conference. It has been extremely inspiring and I can't wait to share some of the things that I've been learning. Something that was brought out in one of the morning sessions yesterday was how money, in its simplest form, is given in exchange for something that someone thought was more valuable than the money. In other words, every dollar in your wallet is there because you did something for someone else. Since God owns everything, then money can be seen as a blessing you receive for taking care of one of God's children. Isn't that a beautiful thought? Money and material resources, then, are a result of service.

Money is not the only benefit we can receive in exchange for service, however. Some blessings cannot be measured with dollars and cents. Mothers work harder it seems than anyone else on this earth, but their reward is not monetary. In fact, they seem to spend more money because of their position than they otherwise would. But there is no greater blessing than being instrumental in the salvation of one's children. Many a mother would echo John's words, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth" (3 John 1:4). Money is good and necessary to have in our society today. But never underestimate the blessing you receive when you lead your children in the truth.

Thankful for each blessing I receive,

Pastor Sutherland

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