Monday, December 22, 2008

My Storage is Empty

When we are excited about something, we will often invest our finances, time, and energy into getting as much of it as we can. Finding websites with beautiful garments, flags, books, videos, and DVDs may prompt us to spend more money that we had planned. Perusing the vendor tables at dance and worship arts conferences can send us into a shopping frenzy. After the initial excitement wears off, we may realize that we are overrun with garments, fabrics, props, etc.

We should make it a practice to assess our inventory at least twice per year. Not only will we know what we have to make use of, we may find that we can save some money by not going out to buy something already in our possession. Listing all of our books and resources will also give us the ability to share this information with other ministries. If a fellow dancer seeks knowledge from a book that we may have already enjoyed, we can choose to share that valuable resource by lending it to them, or clear out some space by giving it away.

If our church storage areas, personal closets, or home garages are teeming with dance ministry items, it may be time to spread the wealth. We can be creative with exhanging resources, blessing another ministry, or re-organizing our supplies to gain the greatest use of them. We must practice good stewardship concerning every area of our lives. The Gospel is to be shared. If we have an overflow and others need resources, we should ask the Lord how we can be a blessing to the saints.

2 Samuel 6:19 (NKJV)
Then he distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israel, both the women and the men, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins. So all the people departed, everyone to his house.

Nehemiah 13:13 (NKJV)
And I appointed as treasurers over the storehouse Shelemiah the priest and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah; and next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah; for they were considered faithful, and their task was to distribute to their brethren.

Luke 12:16-20 (NKJV)
Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”' But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’

Acts 4:34-35 (NKJV)
Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.

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