This is an atypical Wednesday Bible and money post, and I’d happily concede that it might be more self-help than Bible and money.
I mentioned a month ago that some changes to Google had a pretty serious impact on the behind the scenes events at MH4C.
The first week or so was a real downer.
Then I discovered the power of CHOICE.
Steven Covey often tells people they need to differentiate between what they can influence and what impacts them. Too often, we spend our time and energy fussing over what impacts us and what we cannot change.
- Google changed their algorithm, so I’m going to write them a letter, and I’m sure they’ll change it. Nope. I don’t think so. It’s time to make the decision about how I will respond, adjust, and move forward.
- The price of gas is skyrocketing. What are you going to do to get gas to drop a few cents? Probably nothing. Do you think it’s valuable complaining to your friends about the price of gas? However, you can change your driving habits, get more organized, or air up your tires. If you took my advice, you’d be smiling just like me during this time of increasing gas prices.
- Cost of living keeps going up year after year. Who wants to organize a rally to demand that companies must lower their prices? Sorry, that won’t help. Instead, you decide how are you going to adjust the price of living.
- Have you seen what’s going on with the stock market lately? Have you hear anyone complain about market conditions? What can you do about it? Diversify, make wise investing choices, buy or sell.
See how much time we spend focusing on things that impact us and how little time we spend focusing on what we can actually change?
I’m teaching a religious instruction class at the local high school. Just last week, I introduced them to the idea of determinism.
Like so many people who come from troubled backgrounds, most of these young people believe that their futures have already been determined based on how their mommy or daddy acts. They’re already shifting blame for their actions to their parents (or anyone else).
While it’s so easy to see in others, we have to look at ourselves and realize we do the same thing.
Just like Adam, we want to point to Eve. Just like Eve, we want to point to the snake.
When is someone going to stand up and say, “I decided…”, “I chose…”, “I’m going to …”?
This week a book on my shelf caught my attention – Who Moved My Cheese? It reminded me that:
- The world is not fair.
- The world is changing.
- The world doesn’t offer us equality.
- There is good in the world.
- There are people who need your love and encouragement.
- There is hope in Jesus Christ
In finances, in business, in life, and in ministry, we ought always to remember the event between stimulus and response. That event is CHOICE.
It’s liberating when you start thinking about what you can choose to do and change, and ignore the things you cannot control.
You could be in such bad financial condition because the credit company jacked your rates up to 19%, or it could be because you bought things you shouldn’t have bought.
You could be in debt because you had no choice and had to pay those expensive private school tuition rates, or it could be because you chose an education you couldn’t afford.
I suspect you’ll find some form of liberation when you start realizing the power of choice.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2 NIV)
Well, there you go. Now that I have a Bible verse in this post, it certainly must be Bible and money, not self-help.