God’s call on your life has to be greater than Target’s. That’s powerful stuff. I have a serious confession. I really like, I mean REALLY LIKE Target. There’s so many endless possibilities of things I can buy there. I often find myself lost, shopping in the cleaning supply aisle for two hours when you know I’m not cleaning my house anytime soon. (Sorry I’m not sorry… Also, I hope Chris isn’t reading this.) I have nothing against Target so this isn’t a Target bash session, I can get lost shopping in just about any store. Except Lowe’s. That’s a get in get out type of place because it’s Chris’ “Target”. And a trip to Lowes can cost a girl a couple hundred dollars when it’s all said and done but you got nothing pretty to show for it.
Today, I want to encourage you that whatever God’s will is for your life is worth way more than anything you can buy. He has a plan for you, that doesn’t include financing small purchases (or large ones for that matter.) The way I see it, God loves us as his children. And he’d never want his children to make costly financial mistakes like going in to debt, especially to buy something silly and insignificant at Target.The bible mentions money and finances over 2,000 times. Proverbs 22:7 says “The borrower is slave to the lender and the rich rules over the poor.” While I don’t want to get into a full on debate about the reasons scripture mention finances, I think I have an idea that God thought we’d struggle with it today, just as they did thousands of years ago.
It truly is a novice idea, but you can’t win with money if you’re constantly buying things you can’t afford (definition of afford here means you have to have real cash money today for.) This week, I want to encourage you to say no to 3 things you could buy but don’t really need. Buy toilet paper, for the good of everyone if you’re out. But avoid buying that new pair of sandals or cute shirt this week and see how quick you forget about “needing it.” Unsubscribe from store emails so you’re not tempted to just look. Avoid the small little stops at Target just to “look” or pick up a “couple things” while you know darn well you’re leaving with a cart full of $125 worth of shame and things you don’t need. In fact, instead of running into Target, Walmart or the mall for something you might need, order that one thing from Amazon prime. Make small choices today that will have big impacts later. Developing little wise money habits will add up to big dividends later. Trust God to show you the way and lean on him. Listen to his call on your life and respond. You will be glad you did.