Some of my economic limits are self-imposed. When I look at many of the people in the city, or at those who suffer in this impoverished world, I often feel inordinately well off. My home with the tiny living room and its cramped city lot bordered by the back alley seemed palatial when compared to the hovels of many in the world.
In honor of these, we have deliberately imposed limits on ourselves. Our meat meals, particularly beef, are limited. My children are being introduced to that protein staple of thousands, black beans, rice, and corn tortillas.
Our garden, with its rows and rows of vegetables, is to me an important philosophical statement. Oh, yes, it supplies us with a bounty of nutritional food. But, it also helps us assert a dependence of the goodness of God to supply a portion of our food from the fruits of the labor of our hands.
For some it may be a creative response to serve creamed chicken with dumplings rather than the easier broiled sirloins. If my Christian brother, whom I invite, with a family of ten children and a low income, is out-classed by what I offer, made to feel as though he can never return the favor, then limitations need to be self-imposed. Of course, I need not be ridiculous and provide a meal ludicrously below my station, but I must be wise.
Award-winning author Karen Mains continues to write content for her Christian blog, “Thoughts-by-Karen-Mains.” In so doing, she desires to touch the lives of Christian women and men and help them find ways to walk closer with the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, through silent retreats, spiritual teaching, women’s retreats, Christian vacation opportunities, and other ministry activities, Karen helps each Christian woman and man receive vital spiritual food.
Karen has long had an interest in Christian hospitality and is the author of the best-selling book, Open Heart, Open Home.
Through her Hungry Souls ministry, Karen serves as a spiritual coach to many Christian women and men, and teaches a mentor-writing class. And, through the Global Bag Project, she is working to develop a network of African women who sew exquisite cloth reusable shopping bags. This microfinance women opportunity helps provide a much-needed sustainable income for struggling African families. For more information on this critically important project, please click here.
For decades, Karen and her husband, David, have served God through religious communications—radio, television, and print publication. The are the co-authors of the Kingdom Tales Trilogy: Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance, and Tales of the Restoration. To find many valuable resources for pastors and churches at the Mainstay Ministries main website, please click here.
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