God’s Word for Today: Taxes.
Romans 13:7. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
Oh boy, time to think about taxes. Those who know they are getting a refund have probably already filed, or are diligently seeking the culmination of filing. Those who know they owe taxes. Well, let’s wait till the middle of April. Why suffer any sooner than needed?
I always said, when I had my own farm operation, I couldn’t wait till I owed taxes. That meant my farming business had made some money. I should then have profits and plenty of extra money to pay the necessary taxes. That day came. I owed the Federal Government money. It was not so very joyful. I earned the money, why should I have to give a decent chunk of it to someone else? Time to look harder for deductions.
Here in Paraguay, I have seen firsthand what the lack of a good tax system does. Or rather, doesn’t do. Don’t get me wrong, there are taxes here and they are paid and there are some benefits, but not much. I will not go into the details of what the lack of taxes produces or rather doesn’t produce. Let’s just say, there is an incredible difference. What we take for granted in USA in some forms, does not even exist elsewhere. You want well maintained roads, pay taxes. You want well organized communities and building codes for safety and laws governing labor, pay taxes. You want to feel safe at night with the security of a trusted police department and military, pay taxes. The list goes on and on just like paying taxes seems to.
What if we had to file taxes on our lives? Let’s just say that once a year, we were required to list everything good that happened. A certain percentage of that good was then paid back to those less fortunate. But, we could also deduct the bad things that happened for the year. Then, you wouldn’t have to pay back so much. Or maybe, it just had been a very bad year. The bad far outweighed the good. We would then be entitled to a refund on our lives. Something to think about.
Today, do a little self-tax assessment, of your life. Now that the excitement and resolutions of a new year are behind us, take a serious look back at 2015. Even take some time to write down everything good versus everything bad. It doesn’t matter what order. You are welcome to look at deductions (bad events) first if you need to. But, to be fair, also list everything good that happened. No matter how dark your shadow is right now, there was some good in your life. Then, compare the two and see how you came out. If this God thing was a major part of your 2015, then I guarantee, the good outweighed the bad. Maybe you had one very bad, but it also developed a hundred little good things. If your tax assessment still comes out in the negative, I encourage you to take a closer look at what God can do for your life. When your assessment of life tax comes out in the positive, then it is time for you to give some of that positive to others. Let them share the goodness God has blessed you with………………
Prayer: Dear Lord, giver of all that is Good. Thank you for blessing my life last year. Forgive me for being stuck on only the bad things that seemed to happen. Help me to count all the good that has come forward from the bad. And God, as much as I dislike paying back, I know it is in your service that I need to help bless my fellow man with a portion of all you blessed me with. In Jesus’, who paid the tax of his life, for me, name I pray. Amen.