Category Archives: Faith

Time and Money: Keeping an Eye on What You Value

Somehow, and at some point, the popular lie started that money is more valuable than time. People seem to believe that the more money you make, the more time you’ll have. That’s false. They also seem to believe that creating more money doesn’t come at the cost of a great amount of time—that there’s somehow a quick and magical way to make a ton of money. Also false. Wait, there are quick ways to make a ton of money, but they are a) illegal and b) highly unethical.

The question we have to ask is: what do we hope to achieve or do with the money we make and the time that we have? Are we meeting those goals with our current lifestyle?

For the Christ follower, it’s pretty clear. Our money, time, and purposes—even our very lives—come from Christ. Therefore we have a responsibility to devote all those things back to Him. (This responsibility is echoed throughout the entirety of the Biblical text—from Deuteronomy to James. If you need specific examples, write me a comment below). What that looks like and how it plays out is different for every person.

Let’s be crystal clear: there are no rules in the Christian faith about how much money or time is “enough”. Any religion that puts a dollar or time amount behind your service to God is, frankly, wrong; the reason being that it takes the focus off God and puts it on you. I.e. if you put in x hours or dollars, you’ll be free and clear to live your own life with good conscience. That’s a dangerous way to live—seeing God more like an insurance account than a supreme being. We ruin our lives when we take things into our own hands. I think rising suicide rates, debt increases, divorce numbers skyrocketing, terrorist threats, and general unhappiness in the American public are evidence enough of that.

God wants your entire life to be devoted to him because that is the only way you can live a fulfilled life. He proves that time and time again in the Bible and in our own lives.

My life is horrible when I walk away from God and do my own thing. I hurt people I love. I hurt myself. And I back-track any positive progress I managed to make in my faith and my personal goals. I’m betting that the same thing happens to you when you take the solo route.

So, together, let’s re-evaluate the way we are living. Does how we spend our money and our time reflect our faith in God and our ministry in the lives of others?

If your answer is ‘no’, I encourage you to pray this week about what God can do to change your goals— to make them more focused on Him. I guarantee you will see a profound difference in your family and ministry life.

Blessings on your journey,

Kalene

How to Make God Louder in a Screaming World

It was over six months ago when God called me into account. I was struggling with grasping control of my life, yet feeling helplessly out of control, all at the same time. Finally, on the verge of total anxiety failure, I collapsed on the floor and cried out to Him,

“What do you want me to do?! You tasked me with these things. They are on my plate because of you! Now everything is overwhelming me and I can’t keep anything straight. I’m losing control.”

Good. I never asked you to have control. I never gave you the reigns, Kalene—you took them from me.

Why do you need control? What are you afraid of? That I won’t take care of you? That you’ll be a failure because of me? 

Give everything back to me, and you’ll finally be free.

“I want to, but I don’t know how! Help me!”

Make me the loudest thing you hear, the realest thing you feel, and the most vivid thing you see.”  


Well friends, there you have it. That’s the answer God gave me over three months ago.

Does it surprise you to know that in this world, making God the loudest thing you hear, the realest thing you feel, and the most vivid thing you see is extremely difficult? I bet it doesn’t.

Many of you are probably like me: bombarded with visual images, drowned out by seemingly constant noise, feeling like the butt-end of unthoughtful conversation.

It’s hard to bring God to the forefront of all that stimulation (especially for those of us who are more emotionally, visually, or physically sensitive than others).

So here are some things I’ve learned in my last three months of practice:

  1. Downplay the noise. Take some time outside to observe God playing out in nature. Read. Activate your God-given creativity by turning off other stimulus. Enjoy the company of the people you enjoy. Don’t forsake meeting with God in the quiet.
  2.  Imagine the seemingly impossible. God is a very visual creator. He desires you to see between the lines. See what’s not there—like the emotions of the people around you; or what it must have been like at the battle of Jericho; or how God might look sitting in the chair next to you (He is there, you know).  Explore with your mind. One caution, though: God must always be there—otherwise you’re a boat without a tether, my friend. And unfortunately, the mind likes the dark places.
  3. Feel with the God filter. It’s amazing how incredibly insightful God can be when it comes to human emotion :). He knows things about the people you’re dealing with, the situations you’re in, and the associative emotions you have, than you could never know on your own. And guess what? If you care to listen to Him, He will share His knowledge with you. You’ll find yourself with more compassion and more insight, than you ever thought you could have.

So there you have it. I’ll be keeping on this journey until I master it (which will probably be never, knowing me). Keep reading along as I learn more and more—and share with me what you learn too.

Stay strong. Talk to you soon.

Kalene