I used to be motivated to retire young and wealthy and spend the rest of my life doing whatever would make me the happiest. I was focused on managing my money, my way.
However, my perspective about money has since changed. As a Christian, I’ve learned about financial stewardship and God’s purpose for money. God showed me what it meant to manage His money, His way.
My thoughts on retirement began to change too. For the first time I understood the true meaning of financial freedom. Save and invest so I can retire and be free to give away more of my time and resources to help others.
God’s financial plan starts with the heart. It’s about stewardship and generosity. God’s purpose for money isn’t for us to be financially free for our wants and desires. It’s to use money for generosity and His purposes.
This is in direct opposition to most of the information about money and personal finance we find online, in bookstores or on TV today. Most of the advice stems around practical tips and ideas to become financially free for our own benefit.
Not that finding new ways to save or make extra money, using money management software or getting the best online savings rates aren’t important. You’ll find plenty of those tips right here.
However, God’s plan for money starts with a change of heart, not implementing the next practical tips to improve your finances. There is a place for those practical tools and tips, but it’s not the starting point. A change of heart will lead to better spending decisions, savings goals and more.
In 1 Corinthians 4:2 (NIV), we are called to Prove Faithful with the trust we have been given. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful (1 Cor 4:2, NIV). This has always been an important call to action for me and a reminder that my job is to manage God’s money, God’s way.
“Prove faithful” is actionable. It’s inspiring and it’s something we as Christian financial stewards should strive to do in the management of our money, career, business and resources each day. There are different ways to be reminded of this, but my hope is that the Prove Faithful tag line on this blog will be a reminder each time you visit One Money Design.
God has big plans for us and we can be a part of those plans through our faithfulness. Doing so will provide us the opportunity to give more of our time and resources to others and achieve the true financial freedom that comes with managing money God’s way.
My commitment to this blog remains to provide encouragement for Christian financial stewards to “prove faithful” as well as share plenty of practical tips and ideas to help you along the way.