We have all heard that actions speak louder than words. I recently heard it another way; “The way you treat people reflects who you are infinitely more than your bumper stickers and Facebook posts.” I think the actions that we take with our money paints a pretty clear picture of what’s important to us. So, if someone got a hold of your bank and credit card statements what kind of picture would they paint?
Self-absorbed, obsessive, spendthrift, wasteful, giving, balanced, focused, intentional, diligent – which adjective would be used to describe your money patterns? If your adjectives make you feel uncomfortable, remember I don’t care where you have been or how you have been acting. I simply want you to be aware so that you can change if you need to. Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” This is why how you spend and save your money is so important. Because where you send your money is where your heart goes and we must intensely guard our hearts!
To be clear, I am not just talking to the spendthrift here. In the last 10 years I have seen people become wealthy through diligently spending less than they make each year and saving money. Likewise, I have seen some of those same people get consumed by their savings accounts. The guy driving a Ferrari is no different from the guy that squanders money away in a saving account. 1 Timothy 6:7 reminds us that we brought nothing into this world and we will take nothing with us. I do not think leaving a handsome legacy should be our goal, nor do I believe that living on the edge and dying with a penny left should be the goal. My objective with this post is challenge you to take back your intentionality. Deciding how much money to spend, to give, and to keep for later should not be an easy decision to make! Stop, think, and pray before you make a decision that could ultimately change the condition of your soul!
Actions are important because ultimately, they paint a picture of who you are. Think about your actions with money – maybe it’s time to start painting a new picture. Execution and accountability are key to any change. Let us know if we can help.