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For Some Opportunities, you need to Ask

There are times in our lives where we may feel it’s not possible to become a Wealthy Christian. We see no opportunities to save, or earn more, or try out an idea. But the fact of the matter is, there are opportunities, at times we just need to ask.

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I have been on a family holiday and had so many ideas for novels I am writing, as well as a blog. I was jotting down the general idea of these posts or parts of varying stories, thinking I wouldn’t get to write them out in full until I was home. The fact of the matter is, I type a lot faster than I write – and it’s neater! It has become a habit to write straight onto the computer, rather than put an idea on paper and then put it into a processed document.

I didn’t have access to a computer, but I did have my usb with the various stories and other documents loaded – just in case. Even a few days into our five week holiday, I was seeing opportunities to use a computer that belonged to a family member on my husband’s side. I just hadn’t asked. So what happened? Nothing.

Sometimes nothing happens until we step out in faith. At the end of the day, when you ask for something one of two things will happen – you’ll receive a yes or a no. And even if it’s a no, it may be a not now, rather than a not ever response.

When I made the effort to ask, I found that at that exact time I was able to use what I needed and get a lot of work done! Including this post 😉

Keep your eyes open to opportunities to increase your wealth. Look out too for ways to bless others, learn new skills and use your current skills to fill a gap in your church, household or community.

Who’s Missing out when you Refuse to use your Gifts?

Each person is uniquely made. Their gender, age, looks, personality, experiences, interests and skills will never all be the same as another person’s. Yes, there are similarities between many people, but never the same mix upon two people. God has made you uniquely you. And because of that, no one else can fill your role.

Are you Using your Gifts for the Benefit of God's Church?

Are you Using your Gifts for the Benefit of God’s Church?

So the question remains: what skills do you have that you can use in your church and community because you have the availability as well as the capability? And who misses out if you don’t use them?

I love to sing. It’s something I enjoy very much and thankfully as it turns out, so do others when I do it! In my local congregation I struggle to find the time to be available to sing – I have two young children to look after and a husband who loves having me beside him throughout church. That said, I make myself available for as many worship practices that I can, juggling keeping the kids entertained and helping out with the words on the computer or sound system. Every now and again I even get to sing on a Sunday!

The worship coordinator has been lenient with me, working things so that when I do lead a song or two in worship, it is well into the service when I am likely to be there! Unfortunately, I am not good at arriving on time, having a husband and two children under 3 to organise in the mornings. But that doesn’t mean that with a little creative thinking that I can’t use my passion for singing to lead the congregation in a worship song or two. And when I do, there are more often than not comments from various congregation members, thanking me for my contribution.

Their praise isn’t necessary – although it is nice – but it does show that the singing I enjoy doing is enjoyed by others. So what gifts do you have that your congregation is missing out on benefitting from?

Could you cheerfully greet people as they come through the door? Do you make a delicious slice that would go great with the coffee and tea after the service? Do you love playing with kids and could make a great contribution in kids’ church? Are you a stickler for clean things and available for the cleaning roster? If you’re doing nothing more than filling a chair in the service, chances are there’s an area of service that you can contribute to. If you’re not sure, ask! The pastor or leadership team will be only too happy to guide you.

Piggy Banks and Bank Accounts for the Wealthy Christian

Did you grow up with a tin or piggy bank that you put coins into as a way to save?

Piggy Banks and Bank Accounts for the Wealthy Christian

Piggy Banks and Bank Accounts for the Wealthy Christian

My parents’ church have provided a little jar with a slit in the top that they encourage their congregation to put loose change into. At the end of the month they then bring it to church as an offering towards a particular mission that the church supports. This is a great way to build up an offering on a regular basis! And chances are, most people don’t miss it.

Now if this small amount consistently can help to support a missionary through a church, what can it do for you? Please note: I’m not saying don’t support something God has called you to support just so you can build your savings! What I am saying is that every little bit adds up.

Do you do something similar at home? Or do you have loose coins sitting in your wallet? Down the side of your couch? In a console in your car? Perhaps in a dish on a table in your hallway. Maybe in many different places?

At the end of the day, if your money is sitting where it isn’t earning interest, it is costing you money. It could be working for you! I encourage you today to generate one place to put this loose change that you may have and on a monthly basis to tally it and take it to your bank and put it into savings. Chances are, this little bit regularly will add up over time!

Wealthy Christians Day 30: Share!

Proverbs 22:6 – ‘Train a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.’

By now I would hope that you’ve achieved a few exciting things. These should include having:

  1. Established a savings habit and at least 30 days worth of funds sitting, earning interest (you should have received one interest payment already or be about to receive one – wonderful!)
  2. Gotten your finances into clearer perspective
  3. Recognised areas where you can cut back / earn more and save more!

With this, I would hope that you’re excited about your financial future and what you can achieve for God’s kingdom. Now let’s go a little further!

Wealthy Christians Day 30: Share

Wealthy Christians Day 30: Share

If this study has helped you, are you motivated to help someone else? If you’re able to help another Christian improve their financial situation, start on the slow path to wealth and focus their excess finances on benefiting God’s kingdom, then this is a good thing, right? Share this study and/or resources you’ve gained access to with others who you believe will benefit!

In this way, more Wealthy Christians will be around to impact this world for good! Think of people that you feel could utilise the steps and guidelines set out in this course. Are they people in your generation? Teens that look up to you for guidance? Parents who are planning for retirement? Friends who are struggling with debt?

Whoever they are, why not pass the word along? At the end of the day, this information is free for them to use. They will only need to invest their time and if it will put them in a better financial position, then isn’t this a wise investment of said time?

It is my prayer for you:

  • That you have benefited from this study and can identify principles that you’ll go on to utilise regularly to improve your financial situation.
  • That you are able to share the information here with at least one other person who you feel could benefit.
  • That you will see the benefits of your finances at work in God’s kingdom in the very near future.

Today’s prayer:
Lord I thank you that you have blessed me with the time and ability to research better ways to steward that which you have given to me. Help me to pass on the favour to someone dear to me.

Actionable ideas:
Establish the difference between needs and wants. Do you need your next purchase? Can the money be better invested elsewhere?

Wealthy Christians Day 29: Run the Race

Philippians 3: 13 – 14 – ‘No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus is calling us.’

It’s important for each of us individually to run our own race. Although our end goals may be the same – to use our finances to benefit others, reach people for Christ and to feel comfortable about what we’ve left for future generations, we each have to do our part.

Wealthy Christians Day 29: Run the Race

Wealthy Christians Day 29: Run the Race

Don’t be intimidated by your capabilities (or perceived lack thereof) and choose to do nothing. Less than perfect is always better than the best intention.

There is no point in leaving saving and financial learning to a time that ‘suits you’. There is no better time to start saving than now. Now is the best time to ask God to guide you with regards to being a good steward of your finances. Today is the perfect day to start learning more about how to earn, save and invest.

Make the effort to daily or at least weekly do something that will improve your financial situation and your knowledge. As you grow and learn, you will make better decisions and see better rewards.

Also, don’t be averse to risk. Sure, don’t take risks that could result in the loss of your house or finances to support yourself and your family. But do learn to take risks that could result in a higher rate of return on some of your finances. Even if it is choosing to put a set amount into a term deposit, rather than leave all of your savings accessible in a savings account on a smaller interest rate. At the end of the term, you can have your money back and you will have acquired more interest. The money just won’t be available to you to use over a set timeframe, e.g. 90 days. This could be a risk you’re willing to take to see the reward of a higher rate of return. Do your research.

It is my prayer for you:

  • That you will recognise the importance of running your own race, no one else’s!
  • That you will focus on the prize that is ahead, not competitors on either side of you.
  • That you will recognise forward movement in your financial journey and run with it!

Today’s prayer:
Lord I thank you that you have given me a unique financial situation, goals and desires. Help me to grow my skills, grow my finances and above all, grow my relationship with you.

Actionable ideas:
Consider splitting your budget into the areas of tithes/offerings, living expenses and saving.

Wealthy Christians Day 28: Don’t Park!

Proverbs 12:11 – ‘Hard work means prosperity; only fools idle away their time.’
‘The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.’ – Will Dodges

You may feel that you’ve contributed a lot in this life. Maybe even financially you’re comfortable and have found that you’re easily saving and giving.

Wealthy Christians Day 28: Don't Park!

Wealthy Christians Day 28: Don’t Park!

That’s great! It doesn’t however mean that you should stop. As long as there are still people in need, still people lacking, you should feel obligated as a wealthy Christian to make a positive impact in whatever way you can, for as long as you can.

Likewise, you can work hard to be even more prosperous in this lifetime. Does that seem greedy to you? Well let me ask you something: if you could give even more because of your earnings and leave more for your children and grandchildren, would you?

Working hard for more is not about being greedy – we can be content with what we have now. But it doesn’t mean that we then decide to coast through life, choosing to be inactive in our contentment. Instead, it should give us the impetus to do even more, bless even more and generate even more wealth. Don’t park. It may be that your success in life is the stepping stone God has in mind to help you to bless so many others if you just keep pushing forward.

Create a little exercise for yourself. You can choose to base it on the 30 days in this study or the past 12 months. Identify first the wealth goals that you have created and achieved. Now determine: where do you want to be in 12 months time? Use these goals to encourage you to just keep on. Setting goals and working toward them will help to hold you accountable so that you can be proactive in further improving your financial situation. When you do this, you can bless so many more!

It is my prayer for you:

  • That you will recognise that consistently improving your financial situation is possible with hard work.
  • That you will not be tempted to sit in complacency when you reach a particular financial goal.
  • That you will be excited by achieving goals and use this to drive you to achieve more.

Today’s prayer:
Lord I thank you that you identify the importance of hard work to be prosperous. Help me to find the right balance of work and rest so that I can achieve my financial goals.

Actionable ideas:
Consider only borrowing money to purchase assets that will generate income for you, not for products that will decrease in value over time.

Wealthy Christians Day 27: Help Others Daily

Exodus 23:5 – ‘If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen under its load, you must not ignore him, but be sure to help him with it.’

Do you make it a goal to help and bless others each day? We’ve been put on this earth to portray God’s hands and feet. We’re supposed to do all that we can with our lives to show God’s love. We’re supposed to be wise with our time, our energy and our finances.

Wealthy Christians Day 27: Help Others Daily

Wealthy Christians Day 27: Help Others Daily

Our motive to help others should be to show love to them. This encompasses all people – even those we may struggle to like. As an added bonus, there are times when it can benefit us, too.

An example? I love to read horse books. Often I get given them for free in exchange for a review. It’s a great way to grow my collection! Anytime I spot a spelling mistake or other grammatical error, I have a habit of making note. Upon completion of the book, I email the author the list of any errors I’ve found. They are then in a position to correct them and improve their book further for future readers.

One such time I did this and was surprised to get a reply email from the author. They indicated that although they had employed an editor, the job wasn’t getting done sufficiently. Further to this, would I be willing to read their future books and be paid to find errors? Would I?!

When you benefit others, you do it for them and to show God’s love. But at times you offer a skill that they need for future things. In this way, utilising skills that God has blessed you with can result in employment or other forms of blessings. Help others daily without expectation of reciprocation. But when God chooses to bless you for it, be thankful!

It is my prayer for you:

  • That you will delight in helping others whenever you can.
  • That you will recognise that even a smile or an encouraging word via text or a phone call to say ‘hi’ can be a great blessing to another person.
  • That you will see everyone worthy of your help and love.

Today’s prayer:
Lord I thank you that you have entrusted me to be your hands and feet on this earth. Help me to embrace opportunities to help and love others daily.

Actionable ideas:
Research residual income options; there are many avenues where you can put in the work once, but gain the rewards many times over.

Wealthy Christians Day 26: Live in the Now – Today is all you have

Matthew 6:34 – ‘So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.’
‘The only adequate preparation for tomorrow is the wise use of today.’ – Bob Gass, the Word for Today

You can only live one day at a time – today. As you go about your day, ask yourself:

  • What can I do to improve my savings today?
  • What can I do to cut down on spending today?
  • What can I do to invest in eternity today?
Wealthy Christians Day 26: Live in the Now - Today is all you have

Wealthy Christians Day 26: Live in the Now – Today is all you have

It is important to plan for our future; to plan for tomorrow. However, today is the only day we will ever have to do something. With that in mind; it is important not to procrastinate our future planning.

Don’t get caught in a trap of saying ‘tomorrow I’ll start saving’ or ‘I’ll just splurge this one last time, I can be sensible tomorrow.’ Tomorrow never comes. All we will ever have is this present day and memories of what we did – or didn’t do – the day before.

As long as you start each day with a map – that is, what you want to achieve (your location) and how you’re going to do it (your directions) then you will be prepared. Yes, life will throw unexpected distractions at you or surprising dead end roads, but you can always turn around and go another way.

Focus on continually building your wealth as a Christian; this can simply be done by saving a small amount daily or weekly. Pay special attention to your time with God and learning his word. Make every effort to give to others when you see a need and you can provide. And through all of this, if you have children under your care, let them see what you are prioritising and how you are achieving your financial goals. This can be the best way for them to learn – by observing what you’re doing and the results that these actions are generating.

It is my prayer for you:

  • That you will recognise the importance of living in the moment, of acting today.
  • That you will be able to find one new thing daily that you can do to grow your relationship with God, grow your finances and reach out to others in love.
  • That you will let go of any past failures and not condemn yourself, but instead learn from them and move forward.

Today’s prayer:
Lord I thank you that you have given me today. Help me to use it to the best of my capabilities. Help me to truly recognise that the present day you have given me is indeed a gift.

Actionable ideas:
For big purchases, research pricing in advance of acquiring something. You can save yourself a lot of money if you take the time to look around.

Wealthy Christians Day 25: Leaving a Legacy – Don’t Acquire Debt for Future Generations

Job 8:7 – ‘Your beginning will seem so small, since your future will flourish.’

One of the best things we can do for the next generation is start them on firm ground. Raise up your children to know about God and to have a relationship with him. Help them to get established in the Word and to know the importance of living life for him.

Wealthy Christians Day 25: Leaving a Legacy – Don’t Acquire Debt for Future Generations

Wealthy Christians Day 25: Leaving a Legacy – Don’t Acquire Debt for Future Generations

From here, you can give them the best possible financial start to life, too. Firstly, as parents – and grandparents – we can do this by not leaving any debts that they will need to cover. Work to have your mortgage paid in full, no credit card debt and no personal loans that still need paying.

Pass on a home for them to live in or to be able to sell and reap finances from, but don’t leave them with debt you didn’t manage to pay off entirely. Give them assets, not liabilities.

On top of this, spend your lifetime teaching them how to be good stewards of what they’re blessed with. Chances are you worked hard for your house! Just because they are receiving a generous financial gift or asset from you doesn’t mean they should take it for granted and squander it away. Instead, it should be a stepping stone to help them invest and generate more for future generations that they will go on to provide for and teach about God and money.

As you teach them what you know, they can then start ahead of you and do greater things. Likewise, they can greatly impact their children for the better and that generation will start out even further ahead! Aim to leave a legacy for your children and their children, not debt and financial struggles.

It is my prayer for you:

  • That you will recognise how you live your life affects your children and their children; do it wisely.
  • That you will be able to square off any debt acquired in your lifetime and leave something valuable for your children.
  • That you will have children who will know and love the Lord and seek to be generous with their finances, too.

Today’s prayer:
Lord I thank you that you have blessed me – your child – with so much. Help me to do the same for my children on this earth, and their children. Help me to recognise that the greatest legacy I can leave for them is knowledge of You.

Actionable ideas:
Seek out resources that you can acquire for free with a little patience and research. There are many online books that can be downloaded or local libraries that have a wealth of information you don’t need to pay to access.

Wealthy Christians Day 24: Keeping Balance: Rest

Exodus 34:21 – ‘On the seventh day you shall rest.’

It is perfectly fine to desire to have wealth and to put in the hard work to receive this. It is not ok to spend every waking moment focused on this. God should always come first. Our relationship with him and learning what he would have us do with our lives should be priority. Even then, he demands that we take one day out of seven to rest.

Wealthy Christians Day 24: Keeping Balance: Rest

Wealthy Christians Day 24: Keeping Balance: Rest

If you are struggling to fit everything in, then pray that God would guide you about working wisely and effectively. Then be sure to prioritise tasks on your journey to wealth. Do first those things that are most pressing, or what will take the longest time to generate a return.

Acknowledge that some items on your to do list are wants, rather than needs and be ok with the fact that they may not get done this week and will have to wait that little bit longer.

Try not to waste time on fruitless activities, or spend more time on things than are necessary. For example, do you need to check your emails every hour or would once during the day suffice? When you’re having a coffee break, could you also be stretching your legs or getting some fresh air? Try to multitask where you can but also learn to switch off from work.

It is my prayer for you:

  • That you will recognise the importance of rest and take action to give yourself one day a week where your focus isn’t work.
  • That you will find ways to be efficient with your time 6 days a week, so that you’re able to work towards your wealth goals regularly.
  • That you will put your relationship with God first, always.

Today’s prayer:
Lord I thank you that you have commanded that we take the time to rest regularly. Help me to prioritise this. I know that I am more effective if I look after my body by resting regularly.

Actionable ideas:
Look out for sales and prepare for them; save up for and buy in bulk during sales so that you’re saving money on items you regularly use.

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