One evening, a pastor who is a friend of mine, arrived at his house about a half hour before members of his church were coming over for a Friday night Bible study. When he entered his home his wife was in tears; the electric company had just shut off all power to their home for past due payments on their monthly bill and they did not have the money to get it turned back on.
The pastor did some quick thinking and came up with a plan to have the Bible study “by candlelight” to cover for his embarrassment. He explained to me that all during the study he could hardly pay attention because of the shame he felt inside. He had disappointed his wife; his children and now he felt his congregation would discover that he had never been able to manage his finances well.