IHHE RANT: This Won’t Work For Everyone

Occasionally I use a post to vent a frustration or two.   This is one of those occasions.

I love traveling this nation helping people become financially free and fund their dreams.   It is my calling.   It is AWESOME when I hear people say that they have become debt-free.   It is even MORE AWESOME when someone tells me that they have been able to fire themselves from their J.O.B. and go do that “one thing” that they have been called to do.   YES!

BUT …   there is that occasional person who says, “This will not work for me.   Living by a budget is too hard.”   Hmmmmm.   Let’s think through this.   The person is stone broke.   They don’t two nickels to rub together.   But living by a budget is too hard.

I think living BROKE is too hard!   The STRESS.   The EMERGENCIES. The TEARS.   It is just not worth it.

I’ll take my budget and its financial freedom.

Can I get a witness?!

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3 Responses to “IHHE RANT: This Won’t Work For Everyone”

  1. Jackie January 10, 2011 at 5:35 am #

    I was a single parent with two young children and a deadbeat dad. I had a good job, but was too busy to work on a budget, so I paid my bills and spent the rest. Got a couple of credit cards and used those only when I thought I really needed to – you know – like to take the kids out to eat, or buy them new clothes. Pretty soon the cards were maxed and I was making minimum payments. I can’t remember what made me sit down one day and write down every penny spent. I didn’t need a budget – right? As long as I was paying my bills, that’s all that mattered! But when I started with my take home pay and wrote down all my bills, there was quite a bit left over that I had no idea where it went! That’s what got me started making myself accountable for every nickel. I was able to show my kids, on paper, why we couldn’t go out to eat all the time, or go shopping for new clothes all the time. I wish I could say that lesson rubbed off on them – my son, it did; my daughter, not so much! Anyway, 20 years later I can say “IWBNIN”. When people mention that they are in financial problems, I always ask “do you have a budget?” The answer is usually “No”. So I tell them my story, and advise to write every penny down for 2 months, and it will really help to get a better handle on where the money is going. Usually it’s a real wake up call!

  2. travis January 10, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    In my opinion…. here is a couple ways of saying the same witness! Please note that I have cut and pasted the word BUDGET into the quote only for dramatic representation.

    New International Version (©1984)
    No BUDGET seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

    New Living Translation (©2007)
    No BUDGET is enjoyable while it is happening–it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.

    English Standard Version (©2001)
    For the moment all BUDGETS seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

    New American Standard Bible (©1995)
    All BUDGETS for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

    International Standard Version (©2008)
    No BUDGET seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, for those who have been trained by it, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace.

    GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)
    We don’t enjoy being BUDGETED. It always seems to cause more pain than joy. But later on, those who learn from that discipline have peace that comes from doing what is right.

    King James Bible
    Now no BUDGETING for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

    American King James Version
    Now no BUDGETing for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to them which are exercised thereby.

    American Standard Version
    All BUDGETing seemeth for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yieldeth peaceable fruit unto them that have been exercised thereby, even the fruit of righteousness.

    Bible in Basic English
    At the time all BUDGET seems to be pain and not joy: but after, those who have been trained by it get from it the peace-giving fruit of righteousness.

  3. Andrew Riddle January 12, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    HOLLA!

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