What Are You Currently Doing To Achieve Financial “Peace”? (Rob Gronkowski’s Example Is A Good One)

Posted: June 23, 2015 in Articles, Freedom, Religion
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http://sports.yahoo.com/news/rob-gronkowski-hasnt-spent-penny-200150156.html

You don’t have to make “millions” of dollars to do what @Rob Gronkowski (has not spent a penny of his NFL salary) is doing in this story (linked above).

“Thrifty-ness” is a dying art in this country (and the world for that matter) and as soon as anyone, especially young people who are just starting out in the workforce get a job they start spending their money on any and everything that they have ever “wanted” instead of making a personal plan to start preparing for their “golden years” or even for the eventual moment of current “true need” that will eventually rear its ugly head.

Everyone thinks that you have to be “rich” to save money but I’ve mentored young people that work at McDonald’s and other entry-level positions and helped them to start accruing wealth YET only a few are willing to sacrifice the things that they want NOW for the eventual payoff down the road (I surmise that Mr. Gronkowski would have had this same mentality even had he worked at a minimum wage job).

Further, I speak to and try to encourage people of all walks to be “thrifty” on a daily basis because I often see or hear them talk about how “tough” life is and how they are having trouble paying their bills (which they have brought upon themselves…not talking about “basic” ones) as they sip on a drink from “Starbucks” while wearing $150 sneakers, $100 pair of jeans, $100 shirt or blouse top, and/or hundreds of dollars of jewelry (lately…video gaming/computer equipment and the accessories that come with it) that they could have used to “pay their bills” OR if they had not purchased those items they wouldn’t have the “bills” anyway as most of them get them on “credit”.

There have been people who have been furious with me because I told them that I did not support Obamacare because far too many people who say they cannot afford to pay for healthcare actually can (the portion that can’t is much smaller than people think AND I support THEM) and to prove it I showed them areas of their own lives that THEY could “cut out” that wasn’t a “need” they would state “don’t tell me what to do with my money!” and I would respond “okay, don’t tell me what to do with mine or tell me that I, one who is being frugal, should have to pay for your non-frugal-ness”.

Simply put, I showed them that they COULD in reality afford healthcare but it had to NOT be a top priority in their lives because it seemed to me that having the latest “ride”, the latest fashion, and being able to “eat out” at will seemed to be more important to them than acquiring healthcare for their families.

Of course no one wants to be told things that they are doing wrong whether financially or “whatever” ( I know that I don’t) but if they don’t want to hear it then they don’t need to complain about their situation and/or expect everyone else to pay for their continual decisions to waste the money that God has blessed them with ESPECIALLY when they are already receiving government assistance YET STILL waste the income they make ALONG with said assistance!

I will now digress from the current “rant” back to the original topic.

Saving money and PROPERLY following a frugal budget (does you no good to prepare one and NOT follow it) prepares you for the eventualities of “emergency” situations, unforeseen expenses, and other situations that occur in the natural progression of your financial growth so NOT saving out of your paycheck when possible is the same as NOT preparing for life’s eventualities and you have no one else to blame but yourself if you are not prepared if you had the opportunity to do so.

You do NOT have to have the latest upgraded telephone!

You do NOT have to have the latest pair of “kicks” for the guys or “shoes” for the ladies.

You do NOT have to have an apartment or house full of the latest and greatest furniture and/or appliances that you cannot pay cash for and have to pay on a “bill” basis.

You do NOT have to have cable television (OR a television (or other expensive appliances) PERIOD for that matter) that you cannot afford.

You do NOT have to eat out on a regular basis eschewing the cost effectiveness of preparing your own meals at home as part of a responsible budget.

You do NOT have to have the latest and most expensive outfit to “keep up with the latest fashion trends”.

You do NOT have to run (drive) all around town visiting any and everybody so that you keep up your social status or your “reputation” using fuel that you could be utilizing to do something truly productive.

All of these things (and many more) that are listed above are “want to have” items and are NOT “needs”…our needs are VERY basic.

Our basic needs are food, water, a basic dwelling, utilities, and nowadays access to basic transportation…though I will add some form of communication device or “phone” BUT it can be a very, basic one that provides the user with a BASIC means of communication with an employer (prospective or current) since MOST places of employment now make it a requirement to be able to contact you (NOTE: YOU DO NOT “NEED” THE NEWEST PHONE FOR THIS!!!!!!!)

Dear friends, I know from current and past experience that getting our lives to a sound, financial footing is quite often a challenging endeavor but it is an achievable endeavor for MOST people no matter your current level of employment with a little hard work and determination.

However, the most important part of the equation is what our society (the world) really fails and/or hates to mention and that is living our financial lives according to the wisdom found in the Bible.

Within the pages of the Holy texts we have access to the wisdom of our Creator that teaches us to NOT spend more than we accrue, NOT to become a slave to the lender, TO “give” to help others who are less fortunate (Tithes, offerings, as well as freewill gifts to people in need which provides us an opportunity to “preach the gospel” or simply show God’s heart to them (which is preaching the Gospel without saying a word).

If you are one of the many people who find themselves in a financial pickle today…First and foremost PRAY and ask God for forgiveness for treating the blessings that He has provided for you financially nonchalantly and less than the blessings that they were. Repent of this behavior and ask God to lead you onto a solid, Biblical financial path.

Next….throw away your current financial plan that is not working, start living Biblical financial lifestyle, create and adhere to a Biblically sound budget, surround yourself with people who have successfully taken the journey that you are about to depart on (be willing to humble yourself, listen to their advice, and HEED said advice), AND STOP TRYING TO “KEEP UP WITH THE JONE’S” (or those around you).

Realize that it may not be easy (I personally know that it’s NOT) BUT the end result will bring your life into as great a peaceful financial state as your level of earnings allow AND that it is worth it!

If you claim Christ as your Savior then you are a co-heir to the throne of God and therefore you are a Prince or Princess to the King of Kings and God does not desire that you be seen “begging for bread” either spiritually or physically. AND you don’t have to.

I’m not speaking of some “get rich” scheme but a simple life that will put you onto a more stable financial footing that will allow you to be a better instrument for God to use to further His Kingdom…that IS what you were made for.

Also, being financially sound grants you the freedom and flexibility to do so AS WELL as enjoy doing things with your family to create/make memories and God does not begrudge us of having “nice things” BUT we MUST be careful that we do not “Tithe” to or worship them before we “Tithe” to God (be it our time, energy, and/or our money).

God loves you and I believe that some of you are about to be set free from the financial chains that you have brought upon yourselves so that you may be “free” and “free indeed”.

Be blessed and seek the financial “peace” that has so eluded you in the past with an honest assessment of your financial situation with leadership from God’s Holy Spirit and “ye shall be set free”.

By the hand of God’s eternal servant,

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

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