Saturday, March 18, 2006

pay it forward

This quarter our church has been offering a midweek class on financial stewardship. Dave and I have been enjoying the class very much. There are so many practical things to take in -- some familiar and some new. In addition the overriding theme has centered upon your attitude toward life and how you approach different money issues. Before we start the practical discussions each week our teacher goes though several applicable Bible verses. At the end of last Wednesday's lesson he challenged us to take the New Testement Bible and look up how many times the word "give" is used. I'm working on that task right now. I'll let you know the results.

It's interesting to think about the attitudes that people hold toward money, possessions, and life. It got me thinking about that movie, "Pay It Forward" which was released in 2000. (Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment) It's one of my favorites. How many people are caught up in their own concerns and don't notice an opportunity? I suppose we are all guilty of this, me included. I like this verse in Luke 12:34 (NIV):

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."


Caroline said...

Hi Ann,

Our church just finished a series about money. We practice what is known as the 10-10-80 plan. The first 10% goes to God, the second 10% goes toward a saving plan, money market, and 80 is what you live on. It takes alot of practice and is kind of imtimidating, but it does work. We need to give it a shot since Tom does financial planning, life, medical insurance and other things in the finance world. Before he could recommend it to his clients. We have had nothing but success with this plan, we started when we had not alot of money. God Bless You for doing this and being open

Ann said...

That's awesome Caroline. I thought you might be interested in an article I read a couple of years ago. It is written by the man who was our minister in Hawaii. He is now a minister in New Mexico. I enjoy the way he discusses topics by tracing the history of each issue.