Finances

#AbundantLifeChallenge

Finances

#AbundantLifeChallenge

#AbundantLifeChallenge

This Week’s Topic: Finances

This week’s challenge is focused on personal finance. The word finance means something different to each person that hears it. To some, the word gets them excited. To others, it may cause serious discomfort and anxiety. Whether we admit it or not, we all have an emotional response to money.
Regardless how you feel about money, we are all consumers. We are constantly bombarded with marketing and messaging that tells us that we need more. Internally, we are familiar with two common mindsets:

1. Greed – Selfishly wanting more than we currently have.
2. Envy – Desperately wanting what belongs to others around you.

I want to suggest a healthy mindset to have around money, an abundant mindset. Where you believe there are enough resources and wealth to go around. Instead of clenching our fists around every dollar, we are opening our hands to opportunities. The key to having an abundant mindset is reaching a level of contentment through what we call the 3G’s:
1. Generosity – Giving to others without any expectations in return.
2. Gratefulness – Being thankful for what you do have and realizing it is gift.
3. Graciousness – Forgiving others of their debts and keeping no record of wrongs against them.

I once asked a mentor of mine what it meant to be wealthy. He replied, “The measure of wealth is simply this, are you content with how you are living your life right now, and can you do it for the rest of your life without being afraid?” Meaning, that if you are satisfied living in a trailer on $1000 a month and you have the means to support that lifestyle for the rest of your life without fear, you are wealthy. Wealth isn’t a dollar amount it’s a mindset that you get to choose. When it comes to your finances, will you choose greed, envy, or abundance?

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.
-Hebrews 13:5

This Week’s Challenge:
Over the next week, complete these 3 tasks.
1. Give generously – Bless someone this week with your time, treasure, and talents. You may not feel like you have much to give; but If you aren’t generous when you have little, you won’t be generous when you have much. Generosity comes from your heart not your pockets.
2. Be grateful – Write a list of 10 things you are grateful about in reference to your finances.
3. Live Graciously – Who is someone that you have been holding a resentment against because they owe you something. It doesn’t have to be a financial debt. it could be money, but it may just be someone
that owes you an apology. Whatever it is that they owe you, give it up! Forgive them and move on. The relationship is more important than the debt.

This Week’s Affirmation:
Over the next week, say these phrases every day and as often as you can!
I am thankful for all of the blessings I have been given.
I have the discipline to control my spending.
I know who I am, and have the confidence not to compare what I have with others.
I have everything that I need.
I will not worry about tomorrow.

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