What is financial peace?
Is it getting out of credit card debt? Is it minimizing unnecessary purchases? Or is it budgeting to save money for a new car?
Financial peace has a different meaning for every single person. Over 88% of Americans have financial debt. This statistic is astounding, and quite frightening.
I have been blessed in my life to avoid the consequences of credit card debt. I have been able to get my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree with no debt accumulated. My car is paid off, and I am not “strapped” for money. I am indebted to a mortgage, but I have budgeted appropriately to manage this expense. The average person is NOT this lucky. I’m not telling you this to brag, or make you feel bad about your financial situation. I’m telling you this, because to me this is NOT financial freedom.
I make adequate money to enjoy life. I can afford my mortgage, my utilities, my insurance payments, am able to save some, and have a little extra for shopping and going out with friends. So, you ask, why are you not at financial peace?
The answer to this question is this: I am not at financial peace because I am not using my money the way God intended. Yes, I work very hard for my money, and I deserve to spend it as I please, but first, I should be tithing on my money. Tithing is a controversial issue, and most people my age don’t tithe, but it is OUR obligation as followers of Christ. “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Over the next 3 months I am going to challenge myself to achieve financial peace. Instead of buying a new pair of shoes, or a new dress, or going out for dinner for the fourth time in a week, I’m going to save that money and put it towards tithe. It’s a big task, but I know it’s what I am called to do!
So what do you need to do to achieve financial peace?
Happy Sunday wildflowers!
stay beautiful! xoxo