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Category Archives: Finance

03.Jul.2014

Wanting Fame

Today when asking children what they want to be when they grow up, answers still consist of things like firemen or doctors but it seems like the overwhelming response has changed to “famous.” Fame has to some degree become synonymous with success. We have begun to believe that if we are not well known then we are not successful and, in turn, unhappy. Famous people are seen every day in the news and the media, and we think that they are happy; however, fame does not mean happiness. In fact, fame often times becomes the thing that destroys happiness.

Fame is usually a short-lived thing that fails to bring true happiness. At our core, we desire to be loved, accepted, and happy. Many people believe that recognition will satisfy all of those desires, but, unfortunately, fame generally brings more destruction than anything. This does not mean we should disregard or downgrade moments of success; those should be celebrated! What we need to do is understand and remember that God is everything. His love and His grace is what will satisfy our desires, and we will find that satisfaction by leaning on His strength and making Him our main desire.

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25.Jun.2014

Marriage & Money

Money can be one of the biggest tension points in marriage. Two people of different money profiles come together to live one life. Both have pre-established concepts of money and spending habits. When children are added to the mix, the tension can rise even further. A married couple should work to keep the lines of communication open regarding money in order to help ease said tension.

One thing that can help is to understand each other’s money makeup. There are different types of money personalities that include savers, spenders, security seekers, flyers, debtors and risk takers. We are all a mix of two of these; when we know what our spouse is, we can better navigate the conversations we will need to have about money.

Another thing is to not be too tight-fisted on our own opinions. Sometimes we just need to let our spouses have their way with the money—within a reasonable spending amount—so that there is no unnecessary arguing. We should always remember that neither we nor our spouse is ever totally right or totally wrong. We can learn to be flexible with our money for the sake of our marriage.

In the end, money is just a tool we use to make life happen. God is our ultimate provider and all the money in the world belongs to Him. We can stress about money, but why? God will always supply our needs. So spend wisely and communicate often.

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14.May.2014

Tolerant Leadership

A leader is only a leader in the company of others. People all bring their strengths and weaknesses to a group. The leader, as Paul writes in Romans 15:1, needs a special kind of strength. Paul states, “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak.” A leader is strong so that he or she can help those who are following and are on the team.

Sometimes, a leader runs ahead of the team, so to speak. He or she is casting vision for the future and showing strength by being the first to race toward that vision. The leader runs ahead but is never out of sight. He or she leads the team into the vision by showing them the way.

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02.Apr.2014

Small Adjustments

It is the small adjustments that we make along the way that cause a marriage to prosper. Though this advice can be applied to all relationships, it can be applied in marriage. We can change little things to maintain a relationship.
It is similar to driving. We make small changes without really knowing it in order to drive safely. We do not want to cross the lines that separate the traffic.

Crossing the yellow line, though in the act itself is not a guarantee of a wreck,  but it puts us in the dangerous position of possibly hitting another car if we do not correct ourselves. This yellow line is a boundary set in place by the authorities to keep us safe. In the same way, God has placed several boundaries for marriage in the Bible. These boundaries are meant to empower couples to keep their marriage intact.

A necessity in marriage is to constantly shift our hearts to adhere to these boundaries, to the needs of our partner and to the will of God as He directs us. These small changes will bring us closer to our partners and will also determine that the covenant of marriage will be kept.

 

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19.Mar.2014

Falling on a Sword

We all hear a voice in our heads. We may not admit to it, but we do. This voice is our own insecurities trying to keep us from living our best lives. Saul, the first king of Israel, showed us what can happen to someone who listens to this negative voice. He was a handsome man and a skilled warrior, but, in the end, he killed himself. Why? He let his insecurities rule his life. Those insecurities—that voice that sounds so much like our own—drove him to obsessively hunt down David to kill him before the boy could become king.

We can do crazy things when we listen to the voice in our minds. It is always talking, but it is the loudest in stressful situations, major events in life, and opportunities to grow and change. Jesus knows what we are going through. That is one of the reasons why He gave us the Bible. Inside are all kinds of Truths that can silence the voice. Whenever a negative thought rises in our minds, we can “capture it” and make it “obey Jesus” by applying His Word to the moment (2 Corinthians 10:5).

What is the voice trying to tell you? Is it trying to tell you who you are and what you should be? Does this voice parallel what God says in His Word? If it doesn’t, shut it up with the Word of God!

 

 

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