Bible in 365: Day 157
A finance lesson:
“One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.” (Proverbs 13:7) This verse made me think of the book The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley, which discovers some basic truths about millionaires (many of them live well below their means!). One day I hope to be the millionaire next door. The person no one suspects to be well-off, but a person who loves giving generously to others.
The other things this verse made me think about was how great wealth does not necessarily equate to loads of money. A “poor” person may be richer than anyone else if his or her life is filled with God, family, friends, and love.
“Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.” (Proverbs 13:11) Remember this as God’s financial advice to you and you will never be swindled into the next great money-making scheme. Increasing money is a slow process; there is never an honest way to get rich quick. Why be in a hurry?
Want a Biblically based financial plan? I highly recommend Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU). It has been a huge blessing to my husband and me, and I believe it has literally changed the course of our married life for the good. One word of advice though: Taking the class itself will not change or fix anything. YOU have to APPLY what you learn.
For those of you Easthaven members interested in taking FPU, I have heard rumors our church may be offering it again in the fall or sometime in the near future.