Faith, Hope, and Love: Are they part of your financial plan?

Faith, hope, and love have shaped America

America was founded upon the biblical principles of faith, hope, and love. According to, a few examples of how our faith in God has shaped the foundation of America include:

  • Since at least the 1820s, the U.S. Supreme Court has opened its court sessions with the prayer of “God save the United States and this Honorable Court.”
  • In God We Trust was first inscribed on U.S. coins in 1864 under President Lincoln, and in 1956 Congress made it the national motto of the United States.
  • Congress inserted “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954 in order to combat the rise of atheistic communism and reaffirm that America was “founded on a belief in God.”
  • A statue of Moses holding the Ten Commandments is featured in the rotunda of the Library of Congress.
  • When our nation was attacked on September 11, 2001, the members of Congress spontaneously sang “God Bless America” on the steps of the Capitol Building.

The Declaration of Independence holds as “self-evident” that “all men are created equal” and “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” When fifty-six men signed this Declaration, they knew there was risk involved, but they took comfort knowing their future was in God’s hands. The forefathers invested everything, including their personal fortunes, in the fate of America because of their trust in God. How amazing is this example?

Why do so many people want us to forget that America was founded on a strong faith in God? As individual investors, this provides the clearest example of why we should want to strengthen America. Our country was built on faith in God, and to continue to prosper, we must continue to rely on our faith in God. When America replaces its foundational beliefs with secular, man-made beliefs, the end of America as we know it will occur. If our Founding Fathers were willing to pledge their worldly possessions to build America, doesn’t it make sense for us to pledge our investments to build a better America?

Clarify Your Values

Values form the foundation of who we are. These are what we place above all else, including our own self-interests. Corporations are no different. They project a set of values. If a company values its employees and helping society above profits, then the corporation should protect its employees and others above its own profits. If a company values the environment, they should be willing to minimize pollution and waste even at the expense of profit. Whatever an individual or corporation values should trump all else.

Universal values like love, compassion, justice, freedom, honesty, faithfulness, and responsibility are not optional; they are what keep a society together. We are free to ignore these values, but we must be willing to suffer the inevitable consequences. When you seek only self-interests, you will eventually lose everything you have.

Clarifying your values sets the stage for you to define God’s purpose for your life. He has intentionally put you in certain situations and experiences. Your life lessons are preparation for the “next chapter.” Once you have discovered what you ultimately strive to accomplish, then you will suddenly find additional motivation. A good source of fuel for your burning passion often comes from what you value most.

  • What truly motivates you to want to succeed financially?
  • What specific social or moral issues, activities, and interests excite you?
  • What talents, strengths, or special skills do you possess?
  • What charities, missions, or ministries do you wish to give more money to?

When you find the answers to these questions, summarize them and use the results of what you discover about yourself as your motivation to succeed. Make it personal, commit it to memory, look at it daily, and do not let obstacles get in your way. It will not always be easy. Life will get in the way when you least expect it. If you can stay focused on the things that motivate you, your burning desire will carry you through when things don’t go the way you thought they would.

A few resources to help you see where you are investing

Check out the following sites to uncover what values your portfolio reflects:

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  1. Greener Pastures

    The sincerity of your post touches me. I wish I could believe that the good will rule, but the continued surfacing of corrupt government and business practices – and how it’s affecting not only the USA, but the world, is deflating.

    Practicing values may be becoming a lost art in this country. I’m not quite sure how to switch it, other than in my own daily living. Sure, I write letters to my congressmen, go to rallies and protests periodically, but it is the leadership of this country that will make us or break us. I do have faith in Obama’s intention. I just hope he can win against the underhanded high-powered players he’s up against.