Finances: The management of large amounts of money…
Steward: Manage or look after…
Of the many money blog posts that you can find here on Sincerely Angie, this is probably the first of its kind. This post isn’t to tell you about the many ways to get money easily like I have listed in the past or mentioned in podcast episodes. Although I did upload an episode recently where I shared how money literally came from everywhere last year and I don’t sell a single product or service. Listen here if you’re curious. This post is to help you manage your money. It’s great to save money by using everyday things like online shopping (Rakuten) or getting gas (Fuel Rewards) but once you get the money you’ve earned, how are you managing it?
I won’t deviate from the basics like writing everything down, as this is necessary to keep track of it all. It’s not impossible but it’s a bit of a challenge to manage every dollar in your head for a whole week, month or even a year. Being a good steward over your finances will happen if you learn to be organized and disciplined.
- Get an understanding of who you are financially, what you’re making and spending and your why or goals. This will involve you writing things down and diving deep into your priorities, habits (good or bad) and who is actually in control of your money (you or the things you think you need).
- Tithe. Giving God 10% of your first fruits shows that you are obedient to His direction, you trust Him to supply your needs and you are grateful for the 100% He blessed you with.
- Be disciplined. Learn to sacrifice a week, month, or year of what you normally do, to get you to where you want to be and learn to say no.
- Prioritize and execute. Once you decide what is most important to handle first, pull the trigger on those things.
- Be obedient. If you are lead to bless someone, bless them. Your reward for being obedient will blow you away. God will bless you 30/60/100 fold, for your obedience.
Of the 5 things listed above, tithing was something that changed my life the most. In most of my years going to church, I would tithe but I was not doing the standard of 10%+. I would give a tithe and also an offering. Both together may have barely equaled the 10% I should have been doing strictly for tithes. Now granted, I was still blessed because I believe God knew my heart and intentions but when I was more educated on tithing, I did a better job. It was the best decision I’d ever made. Imagine having $100 and scared or too tight to give God at least $10. Once you do it and you get blessed right back in return, your outlook changes and you realize that the $10 really didn’t hurt or take away from anything.
How many times have you been short on a bill or tab and it miraculously gets taken care of? Even times where you were sitting home wondering what to eat then someone calls you to bless you with a dinner outing? Have you ever applied for a job and once you were hired, they tell you that you were selected out of hundreds of other qualified individuals? That’s nothing but God. You may have made a decision to bless someone over being selfish or you chose priorities over wants. You are being rewarded for being a good steward over your finances. Try it out! You won’t regret it.
Spot on in this one. We don’t discuss finances much, but it seems that it affects our lives daily. Perhaps we are shy or embarrassed about decisions or lack of decisions we have made. The time is now to make changes and free ourselves of financial illiteracy. There is nothing wrong with not knowing because you can change the narrative. The problem is if your comfort level has served as an anchor and you refuse to pull up.
Thank you for such an informative and thought-provoking article. May all your readers be moved to seize this moment and change for the better. Generations are counting on it
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Thank you so much and I agree with your comment. We feel embarrassed and money is not talked about when bad decisions are made. It’s not until we overcome that we talk about it. But sharing your mistakes with someone you trust just might help you over that hump sooner than later. We all make mistakes but it’s the overcoming and doing better that is the real blessing!