So why are we rebranding ChristianPF as SeedTime?
There are really a lot of factors in this decision, but I will try to give you the gist of it.
The short story is that I started ChristianPF in 2007 as my little blog to share my ideas about managing money and I had high hopes of reaching a few thousand people with it.
I had no idea that it would soon become a full-time job for me just 2 years later and that it would continue growing until we would reach over 1.5 million people each month.
I still am surprised by the growth and to be quite honest my vision just hasn’t been big enough and I have worked to play “catch-up” with the growth that we’ve experienced.
Because I really didn’t have much of a vision for the potential of the blog at that point, I didn’t put much consideration into the “foundation” upon which we were building.
I took the last month off and completely disconnected as I spent time praying about next steps for the site as well as for my life – and played a lot of peekaboo with my 1 year old. 😉
I asked myself a lot of tough questions, and considered a lot of options and I really did get some clarity.
Although it was a difficult decision, I came to the conclusion that in order to reach the people we are called to and get to the next level, we needed to change the name.
So why SeedTime?
“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest … will never cease.” Genesis 8:22
I’ve always been fascinated by the potential of even the smallest seed.
We seem to take it for granted, but let me remind you that a Sequoia tree (the largest living thing on earth) grows to be hundreds of feet tall and starts with a tiny little seed.
I still remember, like you probably do, being in first grade planting seeds in a dixie cup and watching the miracle of growth and change.
How have we lost the wonder of something coming to life from something dead and lifeless?
And once sprouted, the amazing simplicity of soil, water, and sun causing growth for decades, centuries, or in the case of the sequoia, millennia.
Our role is merely to take small & consistent actions to nurture the seed.
What if we could follow the same principle to get control of our money?
I remember being on a 7-month sabbatical when I was 20 years old and living in a city where I didn’t know anyone. I was on a spiritual journey that would ultimately lead me to some very practical changes.
I had no savings. I had no money left in my checking account, and my credit card was $264 from being maxed out.
My rent was due that day and I was worried about needing to buy gas to pick up a couple friends from the airport who would be staying with me that weekend.
At the worst possible time my car broke down in front of a minor league ballpark about 30 minutes before game time as hundreds were driving by staring.
I found myself pushing my car to the side of the road as hundreds pulled into the ballpark.
The embarrassment was the last thing on my mind, because I didn’t know how I was going to pay my rent, much less fix my now broken down car with my $264 remaining available credit with Visa.
As I finished pushing my car to the side of the road to get out of the flow of traffic, I climbed in, put my head in my hands and planted a seed.
My seed was planted when I committed with every ounce of my being to get control of my money.
Terrified and clueless about how to get out of the financial mess I found myself in, the seed was planted – and by the help and grace of God I was determined to nurture it for as long as it took.
I began reading articles about how to get control of my money and began eliminating foolish money habits I had developed.
And just like the 1st grader with the dixie cup, I began looking for signs of progress the next day only to find nothing.
Just wet dirt.
And the next day – still just wet dirt.
But I bought books, read magazines, watched videos – anything I could to continue nurturing the seed – all while seeing no visible signs of progress.
And to be honest, it took months before I saw the first signs of progress.
That first sign of life for me was that I was able to pay my monthly expenses without using a credit card. I can’t even tell you how excited I was realizing that it might just work.
I kept at it – making as few stupid money decisions as possible.
Side note: financial success is a lot more about minimizing stupid decisions than making really good ones.
And over the months my seed grew from a sprout to a seedling – I watched my net worth go from negative $13K to $0, which was a huge cause for celebration for me.
During the following years we (my wife was now in the picture) paid off over $40K of credit cards, car loans, etc. and have been able to financially support many of our favorite charities like we always dreamed of doing.
And it all started with a tiny seed being planted.
“Do not despise these small beginnings” -Zechariah 4:10 NLT
What this means to you
The good news is that other than seeing a different name, nothing will be different for all of our amazing readers.
- During our transition plan we will take care of making sure that all the content is still available to you regardless of whether you go to ChristianPF.com or SeedTime.com.
- All the emails and email courses will continue as usual
- Even the logo will look pretty dang similar for a while as well
The transition is pretty daunting as it will create a lot of work for us, but I really believe it is a significant and important one and I don’t take it lightly.
I truly appreciate you as a reader and count it a blessing to help you water your seed!
So, let me know what you think about the new name – I hope it resonates with you like it has with me!
P.S. Thanks to the 1,400+ of you who responded to the survey, we have some better direction for upcoming courses and bible studies, so stay tuned!
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