¢¾ ahhhh…. one of my favorite topics. I have been severely poor but I have never been rich… though for the first time in my life, all my bills are paid and I have extra money in the bank. It feels good. It feels really good.
I know in part it is because now I take care of the poor that I once was. God promises that He is the one who repays us when we do that. But I don’t do it for payment. I do it for the very reasons you stated above.It keeps me in balance with a clear perspective of where God has brought me from… and how quickly and easy it is to become poor again.
Remaining in the poor is teaching me how to love (instead of hoarding) better. I have such a loose hand on material items. I absolutely cannot resist it when they ask me for something that I have on my back. Jesus says to give him my shirt and my cloak. Reluctantly sometimes, I still obey.
Thank you LORD for both sides of life’s lessons!