What Color Is Your Financial Underbelly? Red, Black or Yellow?
When you first get paid, or your bank account shows a comfortable sum, it "feels" good. Like a big pot of chicken soup, it gives you a warm feeling and a false sense of security. Only by pouring that money out, into all the outstretched hands with empty bowls, can you honestly gauge if there's enough in the pot to go around.
If it sits undivided, the temptation is to dip into the seemingly full pot, taking a little here and a little there... for things you've been hungry. The problem is, you are in danger of blindly robbing from someone else's bowl.
Out of fear there wouldn't be enough to go around, I wouldn't even look at the numbers until forced. That's when I discovered my true colors.
I've never looked good in yellow. So here is my prayer for this week found in Proverbs 30:8-9 NIV :
Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.
In an earnest attempt to restore a healthy color to my financial underbelly and my bank account, this coming week there will be a few changes.
In order to mark off on my Seinfeld calendar these steps must be completed daily:
1) Pull up the bank statement and look at the bottom line. Because willful ignorance is not bliss-- it's cowardice.
2) Review the budget.
3) Pray the above prayer and thank the Lord for all we have.
Dave Ramsey once said, that money is both emotional and spiritual. He's right. If we aren't careful, financial stress can get twisted up in our emotions. This week I've learned it takes a conscious decision for me to not to allow my emotions, such as fear, to creep in.
Emotions can affect, even warp, your spirit when allowed to rule.
How do you separate your emotions from your finances? Does it come natural? Or is it a spiritual discipline?