Month: September 2017

Fruitful Finance

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians‬…

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”

Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

In our attempt to align our finances with our faith, it is helpful to have a measuring stick of sorts to know how we are doing. The fruits of the spirit outlined in Galatians are one of the best tools I’ve found to stay accountable in this area. If our soul is in the right place, and we are handling our money appropriately, we will see evidence of these attributes when we examine our finances.

One of the best outcomes we can experience from having our soul in the right place is peace. When you examine your financial world, would you say that you have a sense of peace about it? Hopefully you do, but if not, take some time to think about why that is. If we lack peace in our finances, it is often because we are missing some of the other fruits of the spirit as well. Do your finances reveal a spirit of patience, kindness, and self-control? These are the attributes that will ultimately leave you feeling peace in your financial world.

If you would like to put these fruits to work in your finances, here’s a couple ideas:

Express gratitude for what you have

Being grateful for the things we already have is a sign of a healthy soul. Many of our purchases fill a perceived need in our world, but many of us already have far more than we need. Try replacing the desire to buy with gratitude for what you have. It’s ok to spend money on yourself occasionally, but practice denying yourself some of the things you want from time to time. This is evidence of self-control.  

Express kindness to others

Much of our financial resources get directed towards our own lives. Finding ways to intentionally bless others with your money helps us live beyond ourselves. Try giving a thoughtful gift, or donating some money to a charitable cause to express kindness towards others.

To your well-being,

Brian 

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Rest

Recently, I’ve been thinking about rest. Spending time resting is not natural to me. When the rare moment arrives where I am not engaged in work, family, or some other…

Recently, I’ve been thinking about rest. Spending time resting is not natural to me. When the rare moment arrives where I am not engaged in work, family, or some other activity, my mind will drift towards the next thing I should get done. This can be mentally draining; any feeling of accomplishment is quickly replaced by, “What’s next?” Rest is something that I need to be intentional about, or it doesn’t happen.

I’ve always found it fascinating that when the creation of the world is explained in the book of Genesis, God rested on the 7th day. Does an all-powerful God need rest? Probably not, but the fact that He chose to rest should speak to the importance of rest.  

If we are not able to rest, it may mean that we have become consumed by our pursuits. Solomon wrote about this in the book of Proverbs, “Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit,” (Proverbs 23:4). Solomon was extremely rich, and also wrote many Proverbs about the value of hard work. But in this verse, I think he’s talking about rest. The ability to rest seems to be proof of a balanced life, where hard work and accomplishment are given the appropriate energy, but not too much. Too much rest comes with problems too, so more rest isn’t always better.

One practical thing that I’ve found that helps me rest is to plan out time for when I am going to get things done that are on my to-do list. As simple as this sounds, knowing that there is time allocated for these things frees my mind from feeling like I should be working on them when I have down time.  

Another thing that helps me rest not having my phone near me at all times. It’s easy to get pulled into social media when there is downtime. I spend some time on social media every day, but for me, too much time on social media takes my energy away. Having some boundaries around when to use social media can be helpful. 

For me, being in a state of rest is when I am truly present in the current moment, and not engaged in an activity that requires mental focus. Have you ever taken time to think intentionally about rest? What does it look like in your world? Are you lacking rest, enjoying too much slumber, or have you found a good balance? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts, feel free to comment below.

To your well-being,

Brian

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