We have spent the first few weeks of 2014 at LifePoint talking about the subject of money; specifically, how the Bible teaches us to handle our money as Christians. We are taking a number of steps to resource our church in this vital area to begin the year. Shortly, we will launch a new resource page on our website, where you can get connected to a number of practical tools, articles, and know-how to better manage your finances. Additionally, we have formed a network of pastors and leaders within our church family who are willing and able to give biblical counsel in this area. Another major resource we are offering, beginning Sunday, February 2, is Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class. To sign up for the class click here.
My wife and I have personally been students of Ramsey’s system for a number of years. In his book Financial Peace Revisited he says this:
Money is active. Finance and money are always moving. Time, interest rates, amounts, cash flows, inflation, and risk all intermingle to create a current that is ever flowing. Whether you choose to impact these currents is irrelevant, they still go on. If you took $10,000 and buried it in the backyard for ten years, will it buy as much when you dig it up as it will now? Obviously not. We must learn that the current or flow of the mathematical process is always affecting our money. It never stops.
Money in this sense is like a beautiful thoroughbred horse–very powerful and always in action, but unless this horse is trained when very young, it will be an out-of-control and dangerous animal when it grows to maturity. The point is this: You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.
If you don’t take action continually on your money, it or the lack of it will take action on you. Finance is not passive. It requires you to take initiative to control it.
When it comes to the subject of money, are you in control of it, or is it in control of you? If I don’t tell my money where to go and what to do and what not to do, then it is going to rule me. I would encourage anyone who desires to get control of their money to sign up for this class. I’ve been through the material a number of times, and I can tell you the system works. If you apply these principles to your life in the area of finance, you’ll be well on your way to financial peace. You can sign up on Sunday in the lobby, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.