The Rewarding Life
Posted September 22, 2011
If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 1 Corinthians 3:14
Couponing is becoming all the rage today. I think most people have begun using coupons because of the economy. My mom was big on using coupons starting years ago before it became popular. I was always amazed at how she could come away with a cart full of groceries for hardly anything.
My husband has become a couponer as well. It's kind of a hobby for him. Some women's husbands golf. Mine coupons. He has his big binder, does his research, and keeps up with all the specials and deals that help us keep on budget.
I don't mind using a few coupons myself, but it's not really my thing and I have never really gotten into it too much. I think it's very time consuming and it causes such a mess in my house. I hate stacks of newspaper inserts invading my home no matter how much we save.
At the moment, my husband works on my kitchen table doing his couponing, but he's making a workspace in the garage and I will be so happy when he's moved out there with his coupons to work. I really haven't been able to complain too much because I've been a crafter for years so my kitchen table has went through all types of crafting phases and been my constant workspace.
Couponers really can see rewards for their labor if they do it right, know all the rules of the game, and put a lot into it. They then see savings and benefits.
One thing I do like about coupons is the aspect of getting more than we really deserve. Isn't that so like the Christian life? The Lord paid the full price for us on the cross. Talk about redemption! Because of what the Christ did for us our lives can be so rewarding.
Couponers have to cut out their coupons in order to use them, whether they do it with a pair of scissors or a paper cutter. As Christians we have to cut sin out of our lives in order for Christ to use us.
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts. Ephesians 4:22
But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Colossians 3:8
Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds. Colossians 3:9
Couponers need to know the coupon policies of the stores that they shop at. Coupon policies are different from store to store and there is information in those that a Couponer has to know in order to stay within the policy.
As Christians we need to know the Word of God and the policies we need to live by. There are things in God's Word that tell us how to live. We are given guidelines for the Christian life.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel,and marrow to thy bones. Proverbs 3:5-8
Couponers are in it to save and most keep track of their savings. It helps them know what benefits they are getting with their coupons.
As Christians we need to know a little more about God's saving grace. Look what He did for us! We weren't worthy but He gave us the opportunity to become His child.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:4-9
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. Romans 5:9
Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. Romans 5:20
Stacking is a term used in couponing meaning that you can stack one coupon on top of the other for more savings on a particular item. For example, if you use a manufacturers coupon on pickles and you have a store coupon for the same brand of pickles, you can use both. Of course you have to know the coupon policies of the store you are shopping at because some stores don't allow stacking.
I think the Lord does some stacking when it comes to our giving and getting blessings. Look what it says in Luke 6:38
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Couponers have termed the items and products they get from using their coupons as their "stockpile", whether it's just a shelf or many shelves, or for those extreme Couponers, whole rooms.
My husband and I have agreed that we don't want a big stockpile of things we don't use or need. We just want to have enough on hand to plan out our menus and be able to save a little money. We do have a few extra things my husband purchased for almost nothing that we don't use ourselves but that my husband wants to use for donating purposes. It won't stay in my house long so I'm okay with that.
It kind of makes me chuckle when I see couponing blogs or even on the couponing show they have on television--everybody has labeled themselves the "Coupon Queen", the "Coupon Diva", or some variation of those. They are all so proud of their stockpiles and what they've accomplished with coupons.
As a Christian, I think what we should all be worried about more is our work that we've done for the Lord. What kind of stockpile do we have? How many crowns have we got waiting for us? Have we done an abundance of good works? Are we laying up treasures in heaven?
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:19-21
The thing about couponing is that you have to decide how much time, money, work, and space that you want to invest. You'll need a filing system for your coupons, whether you actually file the coupon inserts or store them in some type of baskets.
You'll need printer ink and paper if you decide to print the coupons you can get online. To go on your shopping trips, you need a small coupon holder or file up to a large binder, depending on how big you want to go.
You can spend a few minutes and just clip out a few very good deals. Do a little more to get just items on your weekly grocery list, or go extreme and try to get all you can out of the couponing world.
I think we all live the Christian life like that too. Not that we start out intending on it, but we really do end up just dabbling in the Christian life, doing a little more for Christ, or going to the extreme in our Christian living.
I'd like to go that extreme route, wouldn't you? Not the out there "crazy" route, but really getting close to the Lord, seeing what love and blessings He has to offer me.
I think the rewards to living the extreme Christian life could be phenomenal.
So, is your life rewarding?
Copyright ©2011 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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