One of the not-so-good things about living in this part of the south is the crazy weather…especially in the Spring. Several times this past month we have had tornado “warnings.” These are not to be confused with tornado “watches.” It’s taken me quite a few years to be able to keep from confusing the two, and it is important that you don’t. A warning means conditions are right for a tornado and a watch means there is one sighted in your area. If you were ever going to grab Toto and head for the storm cellar…now is that time. Except…in my area most homes don’t even have basements, let alone storm cellars. So, we head for the crawl space (where crawly things live) or we head for the only room without any external walls. Uh, that would be….the bathroom. If anything really bad were to ever happen, I know I’d be with Jesus in heaven. But at the same time, finding my body sprawled next to the toilet face down just isn’t the way I’d like to be found.
Like tornadoes, our financial condition also has warning signs. A warning might be bouncing checks on a regular basis and having to pay the overdraft fees that come with it. Another sign is regular heated discussions with your spouse over money and having to borrow money from relatives. A watch, meaning disaster may be imminent…is using credit cards to pay off other credit cards, having your car repossessed or having to turn up the volume on American Idol to drown out the sound of bill collectors calling.
Don’t ignore these signs in the same way people in my neck of the woods don’t ignore the weather siren! The same God who controls the weather also gave us all sorts of financial principles to live by. Such as:
- Never co-sign for another’s loan
- A wise man counts the cost before building a tower
- Steady plodding brings prosperity
- No one can serve two masters…you cannot serve both God and money
- Instruct those in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of earthly riches.
And these are just a few. All Christians will face some storms in this life. Some of these are due to no fault of our own, such as illness or loss of a job. But many financial problems come about because we don’t plan, we don’t make wise choices, we aren’t content with what we have, or we just don’t know what God says about money.
The Bible doesn’t address every practical issue in life but in the case of money…God’s Word is replete with wisdom that will help you live a life of financial freedom and not financial bondage. We hear stories about this all the time on our radio program MoneyWise, and it really does make our day!
So keep your eyes and ears open for financial warning signs and….those pesky flying monkeys.
**Correction – A watch is when conditions are present to cause and event (hailstorm, tornado, flood, etc.). A warning is when the event is happening (it’s hailing, tornado is sighted and doing it’s business, the river is spilling over the banks)