As I get older, I look back on my mistakes with a fresh set of eyes. They say that hindsight is 20/20, but is it really? Do we look back and see the mistakes and change for the better? I often wonder if I have learned from my mistakes. Looking back over my last few years, I have seen the hand of God upon even when I make mistakes. My choices (personal, professional, and financial) have not always had God in them and that is the biggest mistake I could have ever made.
When I look at my finances, and now I find myself blogging on the most personal of issues, ones finances, I realize that although I have given much, I have not invested as wisely as I should have. Dave Ramsey says that 70% of people live paycheck to paycheck, and when we examine ourselves we think that we are in the 30% who have it all figured out. Well, I am here to tell you that I don't have it all figured out. At times, I am part of the 30% and at other times I am part of the 70%. Why am I part of the 70%? Stupid decisions mostly. Thinking that wants were the same things as the needs and they are two very different things. Its a scary proposition to look back over your life and wonder where the money went. Where did I spend all of my money? The problem is, I kept looking at it as my money and not God‘s money – once again two totally different things.
So where do we go from here when the credit card bills stack up, the rent comes due, the utilities come due – where do we go? We go to our knees and apologize for all misuse of His resources. I find myself in this position much more now then ever before. It's hard to apologize to friends, let alone to God, especially when it comes down to His money. The great thing is that God extends grace to us, but we also have to look back on this moment and learn from our past. What am going to live without, what can I not buy this week, what do I absolutely need?
So. . .I ask you in the quietness of your own heart, not for others to hear – are you managing His resources well? If not, confess it to Him, seek His forgiveness, ask for His guidance and direction and start fresh knowing that change and forgiveness are possible.
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