As Claire McGarry balances her checkbook, she recognizes the need for Overdraft Insurance in both her financial and spiritual life.
I’m old-school and haven’t moved to online banking yet. There wasn’t a need before. I was always one of those people who balanced her checkbook to the penny.
The busier my life gets, however, the less attentive I’ve become. Now, I just keep a running tally of expenses and don’t add them up until I sit down to pay my bills once a month. There have been quite a few months when I’ve been shocked to find I’m in the red! It’s a good think I have overdraft insurance on my account.
It seems I’ve been taking the same approach with my personal life. I agree to take on more with work, volunteering, and fun—and don’t add up all the time I’ve committed away. When I end up in the negative, depleted and cranky, I cut out the things that don’t cry for my attention.
When I wonder where the balance in my life has gone, I realize one of the things I cut out is my time with God. He’s the great mathematician Who can take the grace I get during my twenty minutes with Him and multiply it so I have all the strength, patience, and joy I need for the day.
I need to remember that God is my overdraft insurance—keeping me out of the red when I include Him in my days. Rather than subtracting Him from the equation when life gets busy, I need to add more of Him to get me through.
Copyright 2023 Claire McGarry
About the Author
Claire McGarry is the author of Grace in Tension: Discover Peace with Martha and Mary, and the Lenten family devotionals With Our Savior and Abundant Mercy. Claire is a regular contributor to Living Faith, and her freelance work has appeared in several books, magazines, and devotionals. She blogs weekly at Shifting My Perspective, and lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Amazon.