Grow in Patience This Year

It’s been said that “Money grows on the tree of patience.” 

Patience is a fruit of the spirit that comes by abiding in Christ. It’s not a natural characteristic. Just observe toddlers or teenagers for a little while, but God is patient and wants us to be as well. Patience means we turn away from the things of this world and we seek to live according to His ways. We delay gratification and choose gratitude, contentment, and joy. Financial patience requires discipline. It’s a matter of adopting a mindset of working and waiting, watching and willing. It’s the ability to say “No” to what you want today to have what you need tomorrow!

We don’t make fast or risky financial decisions. Instead, we seek the Lord and “find safety in many counselors.” We budget, record our spending, save and set reasonable restraints. We delight ourselves in the Lord and keep an eternal perspective. We operate as ambassadors for the Kingdom knowing that we’re simply passing through this world. So, we establish a reasonable standard of living, set priorities, and become free of the love of money. We choose not to covet by being grateful and content with what we have. We ignore what the world says we “need” and avoid unnecessary debt. We live simply so we can give generously. All of this takes patience. Remember: “Steady plodding brings prosperity; hasty speculation brings poverty.” (Proverbs 21:5) If you’re struggling financially, don’t panic. Plant your tree of patience and trust God.

And if you’re struggling with credit card debt, contact Christian Credit Counselors. They’ll create a debt management plan specifically for you. For more information call the Crown Helpline: 800-722-1976 or visit online at crown.org/ccc.