Balanced Week 1

On Sunday, the church we started attending, LifeBridge, had a special program called Balanced.

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It focuses on the financial relationship between you and God. Also gaining and maintaining financial stability. The moment I saw this offered, I signed us up and ordered the study guide. 

All the things listed below all examples and sayings from the book. I’m willing to share what we learned to help you if you need it, or just interested.

The first thing we discussed was how to balance an object. The things to remember when balancing something is:

  1. Maintain a reference point.
  2. Make constant corrections.
  3. Establish a clear objective.

Those are the three laws of balance, and it makes sense to use them when trying to balance out your finances. An example could be your health. If you’re trying to eat healthier, lose weight, or observe a balanced diet, you’ll maintain a reference point, make constant corrections, and have a clear objective.

Another thing is, financial balance follows a principle-the principle of harvest.

Sow now. Reap later. Reap greater. 

Here is where the whole program turns to our faith. “The truth is when it comes to the world of personal finance, many people tend to think God is irrelevant,-He’s not…and our faith is separate from our finances-they aren’t.

The relationship between faith and finances applies to all religions, not just Christianity. In the Bible, God has more things to say about money than about heaven or hell or just about anything else. The Bible suggests that you can’t be upside down in your finances and in harmony with God. In other words, you can’t be a committed follower of Jesus Christ and remain irresponsible with your money.” (Balanced).

This is more about managing money than giving money. My favorite part of the service was this quote from Matthew, “For where your treasure is, your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21. This is a natural principle. Pretty much saying, “You know where your heart is? Look at your checkbook.” Does God want your checkbook? No, He wants your heart. We also talked about finding your true treasure, where your heart leads you in faith. You should not serve money, you should serve God, the Lord Almighty. Sadly, many people fall to the faith on money and wealth and going in debt trying to prove they are doing good in life because thats what we do, show off what we’ve earned.

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Luke 16:13. How very true, this approach should be taken to heart. One should realize this before going to far in debt to where they are sinking, not swimming. The basic point of all this is to make one realize that God doesn’t want your money, He wants to make sure that your money doesn’t get you.

Our homework is to spy on our money and track what we spend. Zach and I are seeing where most of the money goes, and its to groceries. I’m not sure if this is bad or good, I mean it shows we don’t splurge and spoil ourselves, but we do put a lot of our money into food. We are total fatties.

Well this is a 6 week series, and week 1 was really good. I’m so happy we are doing this. Being young and married really can make your think about the spending of money and where it should go and who should spend what. Zach and I only have good debt, school debt. We own zero credit cards, just so we don’t get in more debt. The goal for us to start saving. We need a nest egg, money to fall back on if we need it. Now we live pretty much close to paycheck to paycheck with a little left over for bills, groceries, etc. Nothing is spent on clothes, magazines, crap that clutters your house. We want to save for our future, including the bakery and to start a family one day.

Balanced is a really great thing and I hope it comes your area in your church one day.

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