Matthew 20:9

And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

Payday is today!

I both hate payday and love payday.  Today is a bittersweet day.  It is like having a multiple personality disorder.  The first one is that of a miser and the other is that of a philanthropist.

I hate payday because it’s expensive.  We pay a LOT more than one penny.  Worse off, we never have payroll until the last minute.  We literally live hand to mouth.  No insurance for ourselves, no safety net, no savings!   Making Payroll is always a time of tension and panic.  IN DECEMBER WE HAVE TO PAY DOUBLE, BY LAW!  Even as I write, I feel the ‘pavor’ bubbling up.

It is a sin to feel this way.  God has ALWAYS made payday happen.  Even when my ‘steady’ contributors and sponsors have problems donating, GOD always makes payroll.  That is great!  I should NEVER worry.  Jesus tells us NOT to worry, but I do.  God is faithful, I am not.

I love payday because I love blessing people.  Around 12 families are totally blessed beyond measure because we pay them a decent salary and provide for their medical expenses through insurance.  That part alone is a ministry in itself, to about 60 souls.  Most of our employees are sole supporters of multi-family households.

It is a great feeling to be an employer in a country where true unemployment is at around 60%.  Honestly, I have the best staff in the world.  I really don’t know any other place that has as much cohesion and love between us and our co-laborers.  We have a team that doesn’t conspire, lie, nor steal.  We have a team that covers for each other and who make sacrifices for the good of all.  It is a remarkable team, really.  Laughter often rocks the Winner Home.  It is the best feeling ever!  It is an honor to help my teammates to make it in this world and to help their loved ones.

It is NOT my payroll to make, it is God’s payroll to make.  It’s God’s ministry, not mine.

God has two pay days.

Galatians 6:7
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

There is a lot of misunderstanding about sowing into the Kingdom of God.  The truth is, if you are living a life to truly please God, you will receive a GOODPAYDAY.  If you are living a life to please yourself, you will have a BADPAYDAY.  God is a lot more generous and has a lot more resources than any of us have.

The best payday is God’s Payday, Eternal life with Christ Jesus in Heaven.  That starts with the 2nd best part of PAYDAY, you being there with Him!  The best part of PAYDAY?  Seeing others there as well, because God used you to help them get there.

God bless us with wisdom as we approach a certain PAYDAY!
Dean Peters


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