Do you ever wonder why I write so much about becoming financially free?
I want to become financially free because I believe that I am a better person when I am not living paycheck to paycheck. I believe that I am a better husband when I am not worried about where the money is coming from to pay a past due bill. I believe that I am a better father when I am not juggling payments from week to week to prevent a check from bouncing. I believe that I am a better employee when I do not have to struggle to make it to the next paycheck. I believe that I am a better employee when I do not have to hold four jobs just to make ends meet. I believe that I am better able to accomplish God’s specific plan for my life when I am not bound by debt. I believe that I honor God when I practice good stewardship with the resources He has given me to manage. It clearly states in Proverbs 22:7 that the “borrower is servant to the lender”. When you are a servant, it changes who you are!
I believe that I am better able to give to worthy causes when I am financially fit. I believe that I am better able to focus on accomplishing my life’s work when I can focus on the task at hand without worrying about a check being able to clear. I believe that I free up more time when I can pay all of my monthly bills at one time. More time equals better opportunities to be a better spouse, father, and leader.
I truly believe that being financially free is not about money. My financial situation is an outcome based on a set of inputs. If I am financially free, it means that I am effectively managing the resources within my control. If I am not financially free, it means that I am not effectively managing the resources within my control.
I want to accomplish my life’s passion statement – “To help others accomplish far more than they ever thought possible!” – To do this, I must be financially free. If I am not financially free, I will not be able to focus on helping others. Yes, it has meant sacrificing personal wants. Yes, it has meant delaying pleasure.
But it is not about me! It is about achieving what I was put on this earth to do!