"My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
My mom grew up with that "poverty mentality". That's all she ever knew. She lived through the Great Depression and was a master on how to make "things last". I can still remember one of my first visits after securing my own home. There on the kitchen desk lay an enormous mound of carefully torn paper. "What is that for?" I asked.
"Well, I know you probably throw out envelopes you receive in the mail. But, look here, if you take your letter opener, you can open the entire envelope and reuse it for scratch paper."
As years rolled on, it was if she came to expect poverty. Her conversation was often riddled with, "Well, maybe you're right I do get a few blessings, but usually they're just crumbs. I'm never going to have anything more that what I have here."
This type of mentality states that you may be doing God a favor by staying poor. God was always trying to bless and increase my mother's well-being. But those blessings always seemed to be looked at like life's leftover crumbs.
Does God want his children to be scraping by on life? Of course not! The Bible clearly shows that God takes pleasure in prospering his children. As his children prosper spiritually, physically, materially, their increase brings God a sense of satisfaction that we can only imagine.
Think of this way, what if I brought over my two children to you and their clothes had holes, their hair was uncombed, they had no shoes, and particles of dirt displayed on their bare arms? What would you be thinking? "Wow, this woman doesn't seem to take good care of her children," you'd state. Indeed, my children's poverty would be a direct reflection on me as their mother.
Then how can you maintain that humble poverty attitude with God? After all, he is our Father. Today, start looking through eyes of faith, seeing yourself rising to new levels. See yourself prospering, and keep that image in your heart and mind. You may be living in poverty at the moment, but don't ever let poverty live in you.
This week's meditation:
God, I know you have better things in store for me. Your dream for me is greater than I can imagine.