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Topic: Making Ends Meet (01/16/14)
- TITLE: Big Worries Or Not
By Ken Ebright
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I had an inheritance that, if managed well, would help me throughout my life. I trusted a financial planner to put my money into mutual funds that would help it grow, but instead it lost money. I didn't know at the time that there is a rating system for mutual funds. The report I read made me feel that he didn't know what he was doing. I now have a planner who has a proven track record, and as a result I have a retirement plan that can't lose money.
I made the mistake of leaving my career, although at the same time jobs in my field have gone to Canada. I don't work in that same vocation, I once had. Although, despite my missteps, the Lord has provided. I'm not being paid minimum wage, but I don't make $20 an hour either. I get a gas card for returning mail flats to the post office. They also pay for half of my health care premium.
In the year 2000, I moved from Minnesota to Illinois. In 2002, I settled in Belleville, Illinois. When living in Richfield, Minnesota my rent would go up ten dollars a year. Today, in the Twin Cities, a one bedroom apartment costs about $900. While in Belleville my rent has only gone up once and currently is less than $400.
I am inspired by some friends of mine who operate a crisis pregnancy center. They have thirteen kids and don't have a 401K or health insurance. This ministry relies on donations and the father's part-time employment at his brother's restaurant. If the Lord can provide for this family, he can provide for me.
Because of my bad decisions, I tend to be a worrywart. I know I don't deserve the job, car, or roof over my head.
The Lord died on the cross for the bad judgments we make and has also said that he will provide for our needs. Despite the mistakes, I need to trust that he will provide even if I end up living in a cardboard box.
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