The day the Wii game system first came out, I waited in line for 12 hours at Walmart for the opportunity to purchase one of the ten Wiis they had in stock. It was an event with friends bringing me meals and hanging out to pass the time! When the time came for them to go on sale, there were only nine people in line, so I bought two of these coveted systems- one for me and one for my buddy. The problem started when my friend shared his intention to sell his Wii on eBay for twice what I had paid for it… without offering to split the profits with me! I was happy to let him make some money, but not unless I was being compensated for my time as well. I was ready to back out of our agreement and settle for a rift in our friendship over a couple hundred bucks.
1 Timothy 6:9-10
But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows
My friend and I did reconcile, and I can’t even remember what happened to that second Wii. Looking back, it was crazy to be willing to sacrifice a friendship over money but it’s easy to lose focus on what’s important. Have you ever experienced difficulty in a relationship over finances?
This week, I challenge you to consider the priority you place on money and ask God to align your view of money with His.
Jacob Brown is a founding plant team member at The Table. For the past 5 years he has also used his gifts serving on the Leadership Team. Currently, Jacob oversees the management of our facility here at The table.