Where Is Our Trust?

July 11th Monday Motivator

Inflation is up, prices have sky-rocked, and many of us are thinking, “How will we survive this?” 

Yet, no matter what’s happening around us, we can take comfort in knowing God is the provider and source of all our needs. 

1 Timothy 6:17 says, “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.”

This verse shows us two places we can place trust. It can either be in money, referred to as “uncertain riches,” meaning it is an unreliable source, or in the living God who created all things.

This verse doesn’t mean that money is a bad thing. The verse says later that God gives us all things so we can enjoy life. That includes money. 

While we need money to enjoy the things of life like vacations, eating out, going to the movies, and everything else, this verse reminds us that we need to trust God above the natural. 

Paul was telling us to trust God, who supplies us with everything. 

He is the provider of material things. 

He is the creator of all things. 

He has unlimited sources and ways to give us everything we need. 

Material things will eventually fade away, but our God will remain.

Your Influence Has Power

July 4th Monday Motivator

Everyone is an influencer, no matter age or how well you are known.

You influence the people around you – your children, grandchildren, friends, co-workers, and strangers. So the question is, are you a positive or negative influencer? A challenging but needed question.

How we live, treat people, talk, and even what we consider important or unimportant. Our lives speak into the lives of people around us. 

Sadie Robertson says, “The meaning of influence is to affect someone’s behavior or character.”

It is a privilege we get as children of God to be a positive influence in others’ lives and influence them to want Jesus.

Jesus was the perfect example of influence. 

Jesus moved people to positive change simply by how He lived. 

People wanted what He had. 

The goal isn’t to influence millions of people but those right in front of you. 

Take time today to reflect on the type of influence you are making on those around you? Is it positive? If not, what can you do to live like Christ? 

2 Corinthians 10:13 says, “But we will not boast beyond limits but will boast only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you.”