Consider the Ant

After a strenuous roller coaster ride of ups and downs with my monthly grocery budget, I'm still trying. However, February was a great testament to the challenge of keeping in budget, while March was a sure failure. Nevertheless, I notice that I am more at ease to say, "No!" when handling an item and doing a quick assessment in which column it really belongs.

I recall those pesky columns of learning the difference between a want and a need, but somehow through rising pay scales and "Livin' la Vida Loca" [Livin' the Crazy Life] the lessons learned were muddled with lies. You know what I'm talkin' about! The lies we tell ourselves about feeling good now is all that matters, and paying for it later is another concern for another day.

A simple test for gauging the difference is anything other than a necessity for human survival -- oxygen, water, food, clothing and shelter -- is extra, an honest to goodness want.

Listen up, those expensive creams, weekly manicures and pedicures, and many more luxuries that keep us bound to thinking it's all good is nothing more than a ploy to keep me bound with debt and borrowing from tomorrow.

I'm done with that!

Therefore, I'll continue turning my head to nonsense ads and those persuading me to try the new gel nail polish at the salon—and like the ant, be wise about my financial decisions regardless of the cash value.

Challenge: Consider this, if you're making right decisions about a small monthly budget how much more can God trust you to be faithful with more.
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