One of the things I enjoy most about being a money coach is having conversations with financially free people. After years of meeting with hundreds of those who are wealthy and financially free, I began to notice some commonalities. Almost every one of them had these ten ways of thinking.
Several years ago, our oldest daughter was about to graduate from high school and had begun the college search process. Initially, she wanted to go to a very expensive school in the Northeast. We supported her desire, but reminded her that we were prepared to pay half the cost of going to a state school and she would have to make up the rest through scholarships and/or personal savings. She said, "Why can't you just pay for it or take out loans like everybody else?" I had to restrain my wife from choking her. I convinced Carol strangling our daughter would not be the best example as pastors.
God designed our bodies with the physical and mental need to rest one day out of seven from work. The Bible refers to this day as the Sabbath day. Our bodies aren’t designed to go more than a week without rest. Sure, we may be able to maintain for a while, but eventually our bodies and minds will give out. A study by the Harvard Business School provides scientific support for the Sabbath day. The study found that people are more productive with a day off than they are if they work every day (Harvard Business Review, 2009).
In life, we are faced with many major decisions such as, "Should I ….. Buy this house? Sell this house? Sell my business? Start this business? Marry this person? Leave this person? Move to another state? Accept the job offer? Leave my current job?" It is important that we get these answers right! We don't want to make a bad decision that could have a drastic impact on our lives for years to come, so I am writing this post to help answer the question, "How do you know, if it’s the right decision?"
Powerball recently announced that the lottery is expected to reach $1.7 billion, which is the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history! A news reporter interviewed people on the street and asked, "What would you do if you won the lottery?" People rattled off all the things they would buy. "A new sports car for every day of the week." "A mansion in the Caribbean." One guy thought about his church first and answered, "I would buy the church all new Bibles." Most church members would hopefully answer something like this, "I would tithe first, then..." but would we really?
Conflict is inevitable in a marriage. Every couple has disagreements. Conflict can be healthy for couples when they know how to complain without criticizing.
It's our mandate as Christians to live the best life we possibly can live. This doesn't mean that we will all be rich, drive luxury cars, and live in big homes.