Thanks to Dr. Randy Carlson, of all people (I normally cannot tolerate listening to his radio show for more than a minute), a new way of looking at how I live my life and handle different areas thereof has come to me. I may have bought my last soda.
All things come from God, and all things belong to God, he said. That includes your money, and your time. So when you’re spending, saving, and managing your money, you’re really managing His money. Et cetera.
That got me thinking, and wondering about how the ways I handle my finances, time and health could be impacted if I started viewing them from that perspective. What is God’s will? What would God want me to do with my money? I know that Luke 12:33 says “Sell your possessions, and give to the poor,” and Biblical injunction notwithstanding, I haven’t been led to a place where I can sell ’em all just yet. In the meantime, I think I can answer the question like this: “Well, He likely wouldn’t want me to blow it on soda, junk food, or trinkets.” I’m fairly certain He’d rather I use it to better my life and the lives of those around me, and not obsess about it. None of this serving Mammon business.
And since pop and junk food are my two biggest weaknesses financially, not buying them will not only help me save money, but also improve my health! Two for one bonus.
As for time management, that’s also pretty easy. Would He rather I sit on my duff in front of my computer, reading blogs and webcomics, or would He rather I spend the time helping others, teaching and playing with my daughters, writing Getting Hammered, working and reading the Bible? I’m mistaken. That’s not pretty easy, that’s really easy.
I’m going to expound on all this in GH. Just thinking about all this today has brought a way of tying together at least two sections I was wondering what to do with, so there’s another bonus.
Trust in God, and He will show you the way.
And for those of you who are interested: Dr. Carlson’s article on Biblically-based finances.