Does money ever exhaust you? It does me. Last summer, I woke up one day and decided I was tired of our current state of financial affairs. As I was getting dressed that day, I glanced at my bookshelf and noticed a book that I had received several years back, Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover . I had flippantly read it back then, and that’s where the journey ended.
I decided to pick the book back up. I knew Dave was a Christian, so I was interested in what he had to say about money. I re-read the book in just a few days and I couldn’t get enough of his teachings. I scoured the internet for more information and discovered that he had a podcast. I downloaded it and I. WAS. HOOKED.
If you aren’t familiar with Dave Ramsey, here is a quick synopsis from his website www.daveramsey.com:
Ramsey knows first-hand what financial peace means in his own life – living a true rags-to- riches-to-rags-to-riches story. By age twenty-six he had established a four-million-dollar real estate portfolio, only to lose it by age thirty. He has since rebuilt his financial life and now devotes himself full-time to helping ordinary people understand the forces behind their financial distress and how to set things right – financially, emotionally, and spiritually.
Bottom line: Dave teaches you how to be intentional with your money and the foundations of his teachings are biblically based. He teaches how to take control of your money using 7 “Baby Steps”. They start with building an emergency fund of $1000 and end with the last step: Building wealth and giving. Who doesn’t want to do that??!!!
In preparation for this blog, I scoured the internet for bible verses relating to money. Apparently God has given us over 800 scriptures relating to money! Obviously, God has a plan for our (His) money. Did you catch that? Yep, it really isn’t our money, is it? It’s God’s money and we are to be the managers. That puts a whole new perspective on the green stuff that we call money.
Money itself is amoral. It is how we interact with money that gives it “life”. There are extremely wealthy people who use their money for the betterment of society and there are wealthy people who think of no one but themselves. The same can be said for non-wealthy people. People bring money to life either positively or negatively. This is supported by 2 different bible verses:
1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…
(notice here that its the interaction of loving money that makes it evil)
1 Timothy 6:17-19
17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
(notice here that we are “not to put our hope in wealth”, but to “be rich in good deeds”)
Being more intentional with my money means I am a better money manager for God. I feel a sense of peace with this intentionality. I have an intense desire to make it to the last step of Dave’s financial plan “Building wealth and giving”. I know that freely giving of my money will be equally important to me as it will be to the receiver.
-Remember to liveHislove,