Paycheck to Paycheck

The laborer’s appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on. Proverbs 16:25

Fortunately we live in a culture where, as a whole, we haven’t known much hunger. In fact, the opposite is true. We’ve had plenty. More than plenty. Again, I realize homelessness exists and there are people who hunger, but by and large we are a plentiful people.

Many, though, still know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck. I still remember it growing up and I think it’s in the back of my mind that it’s something I’d rather not return to. The same thing that drives the person I mentioned in the previous devotional may not be the same thing that drives someone who lives paycheck to paycheck. In fact, I would say they are very different motivating factors, as much as “getting by” and “having plenty” are opposites.

I think we need to be careful of our attitudes of those who are managing from paycheck to paycheck. It’s easy to conclude that perhaps they’re not working hard enough or are lazy. If the person is content in what he is doing, does it really matter what we think about them? Hardly. I only say that because I have been that person looking down at someone else.

The times we live in are troubled. Pray pray pray that the leaders throughout the country making decisions that could affect jobs do what’s best for the people and not their pockets.

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