We need to be careful of what we ask for – for we may get it. This is true of our desire for money and financial gain as well.
W. E. Thorn tells about the first little country church he served. After attending many clinics on stewardship, he came to the conclusion that the trouble with his church was that it didn’t have a unified budget. So for several Sundays in a row, he preached on “The Unified Budget.”
Finally in a church business meeting, one of the deacons asked an embarrassing question. “Pastor, what is a ‘unified’ budget anyhow?” The young preacher fumbled for words, finally asking for the discussion to be delayed.
That afternoon pastor Thorn asked the treasurer how he handled the finances. “There are two items in our budget,” he said, taking two fruit jars down from a shelf. “There is the flower fund and there is the preacher’s salary.”
Thorn noticed right off that the flower fund was in a quart jar while the pastor’s salary was in a pint jar. So with great indignation he said, “We need a unified budget.”
The treasurer squinted at the young preacher and said, “Okay pastor, if that’s the way you want.” He then took the pint jar and emptied it into the quart jar. That was the last time pastor Thorn mentioned a “unified” budget out there!
So I repeat, be careful what you ask for, for you may just get it!
What to do:
✞ Live for God, not money.
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