Financial Motivations from Lisbet
Some people find motivation to handle money wisely from their families. Others from experience. Still others have ambitious, worthwhile futures they’re working toward.
My motivation is a 9-year-old in Peru named Lisbet.
I first “met” Lisbet last December, on a table in the lobby of a concert hall.
The table for Compassion International had dozens of packets, all including a picture of a child in a foreign country who needed a sponsor. I pored over the packets for a long, long time.
In the end, it was a picture of a little girl with a somewhat stern look on her face that captured me.
It costs me $32 a month (about a dollar a day) to sponsor Lisbet. Eighty percent of that money goes directly to her care, which includes food and clothes, school supplies, and the ability to take part in Biblical studies at a local church in her home country of Peru.
I’m in the middle of looking for a job after graduating from college four months ago. When I’m tempted to give up the long and arduous search, I remember Lisbet.
I live in the suburbs of a large town, so it’s a 20-mile drive to see friends, my boyfriend and to go to church. When I’m tempted to waste gas unnecessarily, I remember Lisbet.
When I ponder whether I should stop and grab fast food for dinner or find something in the cupboards, I remember Lisbet.
It isn’t easy, especially because I’ve never met her face-to-face. We don’t even speak the same language.
But I see her in the letters she writes me that in near-perfect cursive, telling me how happy she is that I’m her sponsor and how she prays for me.
And I see her in the beautiful pictures she draws for me and sends in every letter.
And so I have her picture posted where I can see it, to remind me why it’s important to be wise with my money.
There’s a little girl thousands of miles away from me who is fed physically and spiritually because of what God has given me, and I can’t imagine wasting that on things that don’t really matter.
Whether it’s your family, your dreams or a 9-year-old who loves monkeys, parrots and the color pink, find your “Lisbet” who will remind you of what’s most important.
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