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Two days ago I celebrated my 41st wedding anniversary! 41 years!

Ann and I were married December 21st while we were seniors in college. We’ve had our share of challenges for sure, but through them all, we’ve been faithful to each other.

You see faithfulness requires dedication to God and each other. We intentionally guard our hearts to protect our relationship. We look to Him for wisdom, discernment, and guidance.

Now the same thing applies to money. You and I have to guard our hearts in order to faithfully steward what God’s provided. It keeps us grateful, content, and focused on living with purpose.

Unfortunately, the affluence of the American way of life is a mixed blessing. Prosperity’s made life easier in many ways and it’s freed money and time for Kingdom work, but we’ve become sidetracked by materialism. So much so, that we buy stuff we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t even know, and it all demands our time and energy, robbing us of fruitful labor.

The world tells you riches or fame or relationships make you successful, but success in God’s eyes is defined by faithfulnessYou see God notices our faithfulness and honors us for it.

Jesus said in Luke 16, Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” (Luke 16:10)

So if you want to be entrusted with more of anything, be faithful with what you have right now! You see money and marriage both require faithfulness! 

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