This article is a guest post provided by Jason Price who is a Money Map Coach and writes at One Money Design. One Money Design is dedicated to helping people manage money wisely (as faithful stewards) for everyday life under a Biblical money design.
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Ignoring Sound Financial Advice
One of the joys in having your own child or children is you get to see a glimpse of God’s perspective on us as his children. You also have the opportunity to become a guide or coach in a child’s life. When a child misbehaves, as a parent you help them learn from the mistake and hopefully, choose a different course of action next time.
I have a young daughter who is four and a half years old, so you can understand I’ve had plenty of opportunities to provide guidance. J And as a fairly new father I’ve learned coaching takes practice and patience. I’ve learned my sweet princess doesn’t always think my coaching is the best advice by way of the repetition in her misbehavior.
Whether it’s not following direction at the grocery store, not listening when it’s time to stop playing and eat her dinner, or sticking out her tongue at a stranger you can bet she’ll probably repeat it again after we correct her. And that’s okay because one day she will learn and better understand the consequences of her actions on herself and others around her.
I wonder if God sees us in the same way. He has given us so much advice in his word related to life and in particular finances. He tells us debt is slavery (Proverbs 22:7) saving is wise (Proverbs 21:20), we are stewards (1 Corinthians 4: 1-2), he is the owner of all things (Psalms 24:1) and to seek him first (Matthew 6:33). Yet, we ignore the advice in these messages.
I remember when my wife and I first took the Crown Financial Ministries Biblical Financial Study. We learned so much in regards to how to manage our money according to God’s word. We were motivated to get out of debt and live by God’s teachings at the time and took action towards achieving those goals.
But it wasn’t until several years later when I refreshed the principles in our minds by taking Money Map Coaching training as well as leading a study did we realize we had misbehaved or started to ignore some of the advice.
We had found reasons somewhere along the way that we couldn’t give as much or that we could postpone paying off debt to enjoy other things. We reasoned we would eventually be debt free and as long as we weren’t using credit cards everything would be just fine. Feeling convicted we knew we had to get back in-line with God’s principles and started with sacrificing much to tithe to the Lord what belongs to Him.
Why did we ignore God’s advice even after learning and hearing about it in our first study? I’m convinced it was because we didn’t keep these principles in front of us. They weren’t discussed often after the Biblical study. We just discussed the goals and not the foundation behind them.
God’s word and financial principles have to be part of everyday life to manage money wisely. If they aren’t reflected upon, (by us humans who make mistakes), unfortunately, we will lose sight of them.