Mike recently purchased a new car. While he was paying for it, the girl in the finance office said, “I always wanted to be a Realtor, but I’m not ready yet.” In other words, it’s a little scary not to have a paycheck you can count on. But I never think about it, because, except for a short stint at the local university and an even shorter stint at the local community college, I haven’t had a guaranteed paycheck for about 25 years or more. Mike & I have always owned our own businesses. Even when he was a pastor, he was considered “self-employed,” and if you’ve ever been “employed” by an independent church, you know the paycheck isn’t guaranteed. You do one little thing to tick off a few tithers, and the offerings now barely cover utilities and insurance! Mike had a vision once when we were in one of those, “Wonder if we’ll get paid this week?” times. He was on a tree limb, and there was a hand sawing the limb off the tree. Natural minds think, “Oh, my – that limb is going to fall, and Mike will be killed. Or, at least, seriously injured.” But when the limb was sawed through, the tree fell; the limb stayed up.
That’s the way our lives have been. There have been so many times that we were facing total ruin. But God always came through. Sometimes it was through really good jobs we landed at the right minute, sometimes through anonymous donors, and more than once due to my parents suddenly “remembering” a tithe they needed to give or a gift they had forgotten to give us. (My parents are amazing!)
There was a time when Mike was pastoring that we were always getting paid – and paid on time. It was nice, but we got a little lazy. We weren’t depending on God any more, because we were getting that weekly paycheck. I know it sounds a little weird, but I really like where we are now. In every “job” we have – the real estate business, the electrical contracting company, my accompanying jobs and stamping business – we are totally dependent on God. He sends us great clients and we have to “walk by faith” every day of our lives. It can be scary at times. But because we’re not dependent on a weekly paycheck, our income isn’t limited by what someone else wants to pay us. We decide what we want to earn. And it’s really fun. (Yeah – we’re weird.)
Years ago, we were in a financial seminar and the speaker shared this story. Two boats were on a lake one day. One was just sitting there, while the other was sailing wherever he wanted to go. What was the difference? The boat that was moving was captained by an experienced sailor who knew how to get the wind in his sails. That’s what Mike & I have learned to do. Whatever the financial markets are doing, we just adjust our sails to get the best wind.
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