Saturday, February 25, 2012

Riches will take wings and fly away

"Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.  Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle." 
- Proverbs 23:4-5 (NIV)

I was wondering what I should write as my first post and the above verse kept coming to me.  Here I am writing a blog on financial management and building wealth but I am reminded that the Bible clearly warns us to be careful about setting our heart on riches.

As Christians, we put our hope and confidence in Jesus knowing that we are simply pilgrims on this earth on our way to our eternal home; a place where "moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal" (Matthew 6:20). However, while we are on this earth, we must be wise.  Over and over again, the Bible teaches us to be wise and plan for the rainy day.  

"Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!" 
(Proverbs 6:6)

It is not that we set our hearts on what we have amassed thinking that our riches will be our safety net but rather that we are prudent and ready to provide for our own households.  Paul says it best when he writes to Timothy saying "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever" (1 Timothy 5:8).

Over the past few years, I have been a huge consumer of information centered on finance and wealth management and I want to share what I have learned with you.  I realize that not everyone has the time to research and try different methods.  For that reason, I will share with you my failures and my successes with the hope of giving you the right tools that you need to be faithful stewards of God's provisions.

I hope you will join me on this new journey - the journey of blogging :)  I hope to post frequently on topics that I believe will help us learn the basics of financial management - topics will include expense tracking, budgeting, online shopping tools, investing, etc.  

As a first step on your journey of learning, do what you have to do to keep track of my blog - bookmark it, follow it, tweet it, share it w/ friends,... :)

P.S. I want this to be a two way street - I will share with you my thoughts but I also want your feedback.  Let me know if you would like me to post on a particular topic that might be of interest to you.


Please share your thoughts with me... I would love to hear them!