Top Seven Stupid Financial Mistakes That I’ve Made – Part One
SO DID I…and I wanted to share them with you.
#1 – I did not place Jesus first in my finances
OR…in other words…I did not tithe.
I used the excuse that I could not afford to tithe…and it was through some painful financial lessons that God actually showed me that I could not afford NOT to tithe. God kept bringing me back to Matthew 6:21 and Matthew 6:24over and over again. In the fall of 1999 I completely surrendered the 10% of my paycheck. And I can honestly tell you that I’ve never missed that other 10%!
#2 – I treated tithing as the finish line
When I began tithing I sort of expected God to strike up the heavenly marching band…and for about a year I was quite proud of my newly formed spiritual discipline until…
In the summer of 2000 Jason Wilson, our Executive Pastor, was speaking at NewSpring Church and said, “We all know that Scripture says to tithe…what I want to ask tonight is what are you doing with the other 90% to advance His Kingdom; after all, He does own it all!”
That statement hit me in the face like a ton of bricks. Psalm 24:1 became more real to me than ever before…and that night I surrendered the other 90% to Jesus!
Tithing isn’t the finish line…it’s the starting point. God has called us to be generous givers—BECAUSE HE IS!!! (II Corinthians 9:15)
#3 – I thought I could NEVER get out of debt
When Lucretia and I got married on April 8, 2000, we had over $100,000 worth of debt and DIDN’T EVEN OWN A HOME. It was all credit cards, student loans and ridiculous purchases (all made by me!)
I felt trapped—heck, I was trapped…and I had just about given up hope until I heard about this guy named Dave Ramsey. It was in one of his all day sessions that I began to understand that I could get out of debt…but it was going to take sacrifice and a lifestyle adjustment, but it COULD be done!
In November of 2007, Lucretia and I became debt free…we owe on nothing except for the house. Trust me—if we can do it—YOU CAN TOO!!!