The more I learn to be frugal, the more fun I have doing it. It is a rush. But somehow in that rush I have ended up with 6 bottles of shampoo and conditioner and 5 bottles of dishsoap cause they were free or nearly free. I am pretty sure I don’t need that much shampoo and dishsoap. Still, when I see free, I get it…cause it’s FREE!!
This is just one more reminder that we have been very blessed in pretty much every single way. One of them being financially and we try and respond to that blessing through our giving. Which oddly enough results in more blessings. That is just God’s way.
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. Mal 3:10.
Now I am not talking some, “give so that you will get thing.” God doesn’t promise us financial blessing. Sometimes the blessing is just in the giving. It’s up to God how he will bless us and sometimes that is financial. And because of the way I am wired, even in times of blessing I am still a sucker for a good deal (especially since I am staring down Christian school tuition next year…and the next, and the next).
So that is where we circle back to shampoo and dish soap. My MOPS group is sponsoring some women who have found themselves homeless and are living in an temporary apartment. I am thinking they would probably love some pretty smelling shampoo and dishsoap. I’m also thinking that the local food pantry could use my 3 boxes of Cheerios. And perhaps a few jars of my pasta sauce.
Cause at the end of the day, being frugal isn’t just about being cheap. It’s about being a good steward of the money God has entrusted you with so that you can free up other resources to help others. Maybe right now that means passing on some free shampoo. Or maybe it means making more drastic lifestyle changes and exploring what God really means when he asks us to tithe. Cause I am pretty sure God has all sorts of blessings waiting for you that you might just be missing out on. And I am also very confident this is one area where He’s not asking you to be frugal.