It's been a week and this post is long over due. Why do I have a passion for stewardship? Why do I write about it and teach it? After all, it's not the most exciting topic around. Well, there are a few reasons. First, I have lived on both sides of the fence and come to the conclusion that stewardship God's way is the best side to be on! Next, I have been around people that speak of being broke or not paying their bills and wear it as a badge of honor. Finally, my heart goes out to people who are struggling financially, going to foreclosure and just being victims, needlessly.
Do I have all the answers? Of course not, but I do know where you can find them. It starts by picking up your Bible, more specifically start reading the book of Proverbs.
As I often hear, most of us don't need more money, we need more "discipline" with using the money we already have. We need tenacity to sacrifice and work within our budgets. Case in point. Do we have to shop in department stores or wear designer clothes and perfumes? Does everyone in the home need a fully loaded cell phone with games along with a land line? Is cable a "must" have in life? If you have a financial deficit revisit how you spend your finances on these types of things.
If additional income is needed, perhaps a second job is the answer. If there is no job to be found, take it a step further and create one. Do you like to clean, babysit, organize? Find your niche and make your pitch!
Do you have habits that are sucking up your finances? Smoking, drinking, gambling, cell phone addiction, cable tv addiction, electronic gadget addiction, along with so many other things that not only take it's toll on our health and time but also on our finances. Now might be the time to kick the habit that holds you back.
Living within our means can sometimes mean downsizing or making adjustments to our lifestyles. By downsizing you may find that you upgrade your quality of life. Sometimes drastic times call for drastic measures! It takes work. I wish I could hold a seminar where I could walk around and "ding" everyone on the head and render them "debt free", lines would be around the block for days.
Too bad it does not work that way, but maybe not. Even if it were that easy, most likely we would find ourselves right back in debt with poor financial management. Why? Before we can be truly free, we must be educated and disciplined. Have you ever heard " a fool and his money is soon parted"? It's not about the money really, but rather about the person, money is simply a tool, the person is the one in control.
This will be part 1 of "Why stewardship?" I want to keep my posts short and sweet. Until then, work what you have until you get what you need.
Remember: "True empowerment comes through stewardship!"