Over the years, Jan and I have seen the joy of Christmas turn to stress as we annually exhausted ourselves with shopping lists, shopping extravagances, and mounds of gifts to be wrapped and delivered. We had allowed Christmas to become our master, and we found ourselves enduring rather than enjoying the season . . . .
Some people have the ability to squeeze a lot of meaning into a few words … words that anchor themselves in our minds and guide us, often when we are not expecting it. These meaningful snippets, over time, become oft quoted sayings. In this post, I will quote – and comment on — some very common and some not so common financial sayings.
If I am going to write about rich people getting to heaven, we had better clarify what we mean by “rich”. Because most of us compare ourselves with neighbors or fellow workers or bank presidents or movie stars, we can agree that the “richness” is a relative trait. Right? In that case, by that standard, […]
Have you ever met a successful person who did not encounter some failures along the way? I know I haven’t … it seems that failure is inextricably blended into the pathway toward success. Fortunately for us, some very famous people have traveled this path. What can we learn from these “famous failures”?
Ironically, many children raised in wealth demonstrate the same tendencies as those who are raised in extreme poverty: depression, despair, attempted suicide, drug and alcohol use, and shoplifting. Why this behavior? The parents, who are way too busy making money, sacrifice meaningful time with their children.
Buying a home is a major expense – and a major debt. It’s said it’s the biggest purchase you’ll make in your life. A traditional mortgage loan is repaid over the course of 30 years, but today, some terms call for up to 40 years of repayment. To some, three or four decades seem like an interminable amount of time to take to pay off a debt… These are 4 simple ways to pay off your mortgage early!
Money is amoral, neither good or bad; how we handle it is the challenge. Therefore, we shouldn’t be surprised if a holy God wants to use money to guide us, challenge us, and improve us.
Christians have a dilemma. We are told to help the needy and we are also told to be wise. The challenge is to do both simultaneously. Is it possible that our “help” isn’t actually helping? Could we be enabling instead? How do we know the difference? What are some guidelines? First, some definitions: Helping is doing something…
I recently spoke with a single mom who was planning to mortgage her paid for house in order to ease her children’s college burdens. Her logic? “I just can’t let them accumulate all of those student loans. What kind of a mother would?”
As I bask in the celebration of our recent 40th wedding anniversary, complete with surprise readings from each child, child-in-law and grandchild, I can see some great personal finance applications of the principles Jan and I used raising our four children.
The argument I hear about tithing time sounds logical: “I just can’t afford it. Every penny is spent before the month begins. Wouldn’t God understand if I were to tithe my time instead of my money?” While I don’t believe this is a black-and-white issue, I do see some problems with this mindset.
As a reader of ChristianPF, I assume that you agree with this statement: “Even if you pay off every debt, build a fully funded emergency fund, invest wisely for retirement, save for your children’s college fund, and pay off your house early, you could still be missing the most important personal finance principle: giving!”
You open that credit card statement and sigh. “It’s going to take forever to get this thing paid off.” When you add your student loan debt and your car debt, that sigh turns to a moan. You ask yourself, “How can I ever stay on task long enough to do this? Is there a way to stay motivated?”
I write this article as much to myself as to you: I fully realize how money will persistently and insidiously seek to capture a bigger and bigger portion of my heart and my life. I also know that drifting through life doesn’t work because I seldom drift closer to God.
Our daughter Jaime called to tell us, through angry tears, that she learned from her mortgage company that her homeowner’s insurance policy had been cancelled.
Would an extra $500 a month help? Of course. And it is possible that you already have that $500; you simply need to corral it and use it.
Giving doesn’t always involve opening your wallet. Some of these unforgettable givers did indeed make amazing financial contributions to God’s Kingdom work, but others are amazing because they gave in other ways. Whatever the type of giving, I offer a “gentle challenge” for each, in hopes that you – like me – will become a better giver.
Don’t look for specific investment advice in this article; I leave that to the experts. However, these commonsense strategies will give you a solid foundation for long-term – and successful – investing.
“When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.” (John 2:13-15 NIV) What does this mean for us today? Why did Jesus drive them out?
John and Jane, a married couple, keep separate bank accounts . . . John has his money and Jane has hers, but they do not have a joint account. Running the household finances is a bit of a challenge, but they stay current on their bills by each taking responsibility for certain payments . . . .