We Can Change Our Lifestyle Or We Can Change Lives

Kristen Welch | 6/17/2018 | Kristen
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On a Saturday last Spring, our family was having a yard work day.

I won’t lie. Sometimes making my kids pull weeds and rake leaves feels like the start of the apocalypse. There’s a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Guys - Daughters - Weeds - Flower - Beds

The guys were mowing and weed whacking while my daughters and I pulled weeds in the flower beds. I took a break to grab the mail. I opened the mailbox and pulled out a letter and some bills. I opened an envelope and couldn’t believe what I was holding. It was a very large, very unexpected check, made out to me. I let out a gasp and my family looked up from working. I waved it in the air and they came over. “Oh my goodness, oh my goodness!” I said.

“What is it?” my son and husband asked in unison.

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I told them and my youngest said, “Momma, what are we going to do with that money?”

Before I could answer, these words flashed in my mind, Is this a blessing or a test? I immediately knew the answer. “Honey, we are going to change lives with it.”

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The truth of the matter is for a lot of years I didn’t ask this question because I didn’t want to know the answer. I wanted to believe that every extra thing that came my way was for me to keep for myself. I pursued the American Dream and I wasn’t really interested in sharing what I’d been giving. So, I just kept changing my lifestyle.

But the more I acquired, the emptier I felt.

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We can keep changing our lifestyles with every raise and blessing that comes our way, or we can change a life. That’s the hard truth in the daily choices we make. Yes, the truth hurts. I will tell you plainly, it is gutting...
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