Shifting Perspectives and Placing Yourself in a Position to Help Others

God answers prayers. No matter how big or small.

This morning as I prayed over the day, I asked God for three things:

1.       For someone to be encouraged

2.       That God would give me the words to author a blog tonight that would encourage someone and,

3.       That God would place someone in my path that I could help, in the name of Jesus.

God answered all three of those prayers, because I’m the one who is encouraged by this blog—as these words are God speaking and living through me.

Whether it’s my time, talents, resources, or a tangible gift, I LOVE giving. Today when I realized God answered number three above, he also answered prayer number two, and here are the words:

Place yourself in a position to help others. This can mean a lot of things, but tonight it means, placing yourself in a position, financially, to help others.   

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Katie loves to shop and spends all her money on wine, why would I take financial advice from her?” Partly true, BUT I have been called to financial responsibility so that I am in the position to help others when a need arises.

I am not perfect—I still spend too much money on clothes, but shifting my perspective about budgeting, money, and saving, as a means to help others rather than myself, has helped me become more financially responsible.

Picture this: overhearing an immediate need of a family member, friend, or maybe someone you don’t even know, and having the means to give $500 or $1,000 anonymously, and changing their lives. Maybe they are in a tight spot and need a hand up to get back on their feet again.

Imagine being able to freely give and help without having to worry about your bank account because you know you’re financially responsible.

If you’re like me, young and haven’t mastered budgeting, shift your perspective on the ability to financially help others in times of hardship.

This has been my motivator, and I hope it can become yours too. We can do so much Kingdom work simply by shifting our perspective from ourselves to others.

“The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” -Matthew 25:40