Do you consider yourself good with money?
When our three children were small, we were overdrawn at the end of every month and needed a credit card to keep us going. We managed to get by somehow and eventually it got easier.
Now that our children have grown up and look after themselves, our life is more comfortable. Even when money was really tight, we budgeted for giving regularly to church and to charities.
Now that we are better off, we still give a proportion of our income to help other people.
I confess that I am pleased that we have been able to do this through thick and thin, and I don’t have any regrets about my children missing out because we were giving money to those less fortunate than ourselves.
I don’t respond to every charity appeal. Instead, I choose the causes I want to support and I don’t feel guilty, or need to justify, not giving to others.
Jesus said: “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” I believe that how we choose to spend our money shows what we care about the most.
The Rev John Bennett
Vicar of St Mary & St Nicolas