How to Increase Your Income
I read this the other day from our founding Pastor, David Niednagel, and I want to share it with you. If you or someone you love graduated from college this year, I can’t think of a better way to be encouraged for the journey forward.
If you are looking for a way to start reading your Bibles in a more devotional and practical way, I can’t think of a better book to start with than the Proverbs. Pastor David shows us here how it’s done!
How to increase your income
Proverbs 18:20-21 (ESV)
From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied;
he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruits.
In our time, students work hard to get in the right college or university and carefully select the right major they hope will provide a job with enough income to live on. Those are important considerations. But this proverb adds something most college counselors and students never talk about – that our words are also an important factor in whether we will earn enough to live on. It takes more than knowledge of the subjects and a degree from a prestigious school. It takes wise and gracious words – which come from a good heart. When considering a lifetime of work and income, our heart and character are as important as our actual work ability.
Ultimately, our integrity (or lack of it) will become known. Our ability to get along with and encourage others will make a great difference in our employment and income. But most people don’t give that much thought because they assume they are ok. But in time, those who work with us will discern whether we are ok or not, and it will not be based on our GPA.
It reminds me again that man looks on the outward appearance but God looks at the heart. Yes, we do look at the clothes, the physical appearance, the car, the “image,” but once we spend time with another we will care more about the qualities God looks at - their honesty, their ability to relate well to others as well as their ability to do their job.
Lord, keep changing my heart so my words show I genuinely care for others and am a man of integrity. Help me remember that “success” comes from my words as well as my labor. Help me bless others and bring life and encouragement to them, and trust that You will provide all my needs. Amen.