Happy birthday to me! But my birthday isn't until September 26. I'm going to be 34 years old, which really isn't a milestone birthday, but it will mark my exit out of my early thirties. In honor of my approaching birthday, Adidas is once again releasing limited edition Star Wars shoes.
Adidas has been in the Star Wars game before. In 2010 Adidas released a number of different Star Wars themed products. I remember that it was 2010 because I had just started taking Financial Peace University. I was engaged to be married and wanted to get my finances in order before our wedding day. Adidas released its Star Wars gear the same week I started FPU. So for one last financially unwise decision, I bought a sweet pair of Star Wars Adidas, a sweet Darth Vader track jacket and a sweet Star Wars shirt.
Five years later Adidas is trying to get some more of my money. Unfortunately I’m not as inclined to make a financially unwise decision.
Money is a weird thing. We need it in order to pay mortgages or rent. We need it to buy groceries and fill our gas tanks. Since we need money in order to meet our needs, it’s easy to place our trust and security in money. The more money we have the more security we can afford. But if we’re followers of Jesus, then we’re supposed to place our trust in God as our ultimate provider.
I don’t think that means sitting around and waiting for bread to fall from heaven, but it also doesn’t mean working as many hours as I possibly can in order to have as much money as possible. There’s a weird balance when it comes to money and trusting in God as our provider.
I think I may have a hard time finding that balance, though, because I’ve never wanted in my life. Growing up my family wasn’t rich, but I never once wondered if I would have a meal or a roof over my head. I’ve never been forced to really depend on God as my provider; I’ve always had enough money to pay my rent and buy Star Wars Adidas shoes. I’ve never been in the position of having to fully trust in God because there was always enough money in my checking account.
So even though I’m not in the place of having to trust in God, I still really want to trust in God. Even though I can pay my rent and buy my groceries, I still don’t want to look to my wallet for security. God is the one who ultimately fills my wallet and replenishes my checking account; if I can trust God when those are full, then I’ll be able to trust him even when they’re not.
I’m also going to trust that I’ll have a new pair of Star Wars Adidas for my birthday.
What helps you trust God instead of your checking account?