Financial counseling. When these two words are put together it seems to strike fear into the heart of man. I mean, you are going to reveal your financial situation to someone else. That can be scary!
Why would it be scary?
A key reason is that a person's financial situation tells a lot about that person! You may have heard the saying, "Show me your planner and your checkbook and I will tell you what is important to you." In financial counseling, you are revealing your financial situation to another person and sometimes the way we have managed money has been, well, frightening!
When I was B-R-O-K-E, I was very determined to NEVER share any of my personal financial information with anyone. NO ONE! Why? For one, I was B-R-O-K-E, but I wanted people to believe that I was doing well (it's called living a lie). If I sought financial counseling, someone would (GASP!) know that we were not doing as well as some may have thought. OOOOOHHH! Scary!
It was when I decided to stop putting on airs and really apply God's word to our finances that Jenn and I started to win financially. During the course of becoming debt-free, we developed a we-could-care-less attitude about our financial situation. In fact, I am on a crusade to tell our story so that they too can experience financial freedom!
There is this verse in the Bible that really cuts to the quick on this thing.
Proverbs 1:5 (NASB) – A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.
WOW! You should read the entire first Proverb. It is all about acquiring knowledge.
That is what financial counseling truly is. It is acquiring knowledge and learning from someone who is winning financially by managing their money God's way.
"A man of understanding will acquire wise counsel." It just rings in my ears.