Tom and I are going out to breakfast this morning--it will be our once-a-week-eating-out time. Although, I'd also like to go out for coffee and perhaps dessert later this week at our town's 50's diner, the one which almost always has one car (or less) out front whenever Tom and I drive past. They weren't doing well before the economy took this huge nosedive and now? Ours is such a tiny town... we have only one traffic light and no real supermarket, if that gives you any idea.
Anyway. Here is why I mention all that: We keep hearing about cutting back and cutting back..... Everybody is cutting back on eating out and traveling and movie theaters and instead of using certain services, we're all trying to do things for ourselves. And of course, much of that is necessary. I get that. I do that.
But here's what I want to remind everyone, in case you've not thought of this already (you probably have). If we all totally cut everything back to the bone and never go out to eat and never go see a movie and never buy clothes and furniture new (only used) and never pay for upkeep and repair services to our homes, etc., well..... the economy will suffer even more. More people will lose their jobs because there'll be no more demand for what they spend their lives providing for the rest of us.
I know, I know. "But we're all running out of money for anything even resembling 'extras'!"
Okay. But here is how Tom and I look at things, we who are trying like crazy to pay off the money we put into our barn so we can get out of debt again............
............Always, there will be that very real biblical Sowing and Reaping Thing. Always it will be true that what we reap, we will sow and it is in giving that we receive. Sow to others in the midst of our own needs and we will reap good things. But keep and horde every last dollar out of fear, and well, good luck to Tom and me. Not only will we likely stack up more needs, but we won't experience the wonderful joy which comes from helping others keep going or stay in business.
Sometimes, I've noticed, we get stuck because we've not been giving out. We've interrupted the flow. And that's what sowing and reaping is all about--a flow going out so that fresh flows can come back in.
It is in giving in faith, in expectation--not in fear-- that we receive from the God who so wants to bless us. I've shared that before here and I'll share it again. Because it's oh so very true, even in 2009. Even in an economic recession.
"Give and it shall be given unto you, pressed down, shaken together..."