Last night, the President presented the State of the Union, his final Address prior to the 2012 election. Our President told us the nation’s economy is improving and getting stronger. For this I am glad and appreciative of whatever efforts he has contributed to this turnaround. He also said that the American economy is fragile.
We live in a world where things go back ‘n forth like this winter’s Northern Virginia weather. 1st it’s Spring-like, then it’s cold enough to snow. Volatility demonstrates the absence of stability; we know, the best economies are stable. From where I sit, a stable economy doesn’t exist in these days.
Jesus tells the Believer that God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Never-changing; the polar oppositeto a world which is ever-changing. It’s a good thing, then, as Christians, we do not live in this world’s economy.
Now is the time to build personal financial stability. What if your Father, today, dropped a “financial fix-all” into your life today. Are you supported by a ready plan for maintaining your finances?
For the Believer, 1st and fore-mostly, it would mean: to tithe, regularly and without fail (the first 10% of your income … it’s the same $.10 on a dollar whether it is $1.00 or $10,000.00. http://www.daveramsey.com/article/gain-a-new-perspective-on-giving/lifeandmoney_church/churchtext3/
Are you willing? Are you ready?
Secondly, you’ve got to be ready to steward that money by saving.God gives us the ability to make wealth. Think of it as a wealth-building plan. A good plan for distribution is the 80-10-10 plan, [http://www.debtfreemarriage.org/budgeting-the-80-10-10-way]
It’s a great way to teach children how to handle money. Children earn their allowance (1/2 their age in dollars) and put 10% in tithe(to be offered to your local church affiliation) and 10% in savings, which cannot be spent. The remainder, the 80% can be spent. Hence 80-10-10. Not a bad deal.
Thirdly, be prepared to Give. God’s people should be known as a financial distributionwarehouse. Not a storehouse where we store-up treasures for ourselves, but a distribution center. Your finances come in and some must go out to those in greater need.
One way that many of us get into our financial messes … we spend every cent we take in and don’t even know where it went. If you’re going to get a $ MIL and you’re going to spend a $ MIL, then all you’ll have in the end is a lot of junk that will eventually end-up in storage or the Salvation Army Thrift Store. Make use of your money and be prepared to GIVE .
Expect the good things to catch-up to you and overtake you this year. Prepare your heart and your mind to receive it (and not miss it), turn your eyes away from the way the world handles its resources and you will reap a harvest in 2012.