10 Alive Recap

Friends,

Sunday we discussed ‘Wisdom and Finance’ Chapter two of ‘Enough”

We began with a discussion of how financial decisions we make effect others.

We all agreed that we  could spend less, however, our economy is driven by consumer spending.  The actual unemployment rate at 16.2% , when you include people who are underemployed and those who have given up looking for work. When we don’t go out to eat or shop someone loses a job. What obligation to we owe to our fellow citizens?

Anne said that we can’t make spending decisions based on the unemployment rate. If we did we would soon find ourselves in the poorhouse.

Sam added that overspending by us and our government is what got us in this situation. We all need to learn to live within our means.

It does appear that for the near future we are all going to have to get by on less and as Laurie said that is not necessarily a bad thing. After all Jesus taught that material possessions will never make us happy. We need a renewed focus on Christ and to draw closer to friends and family. We don’t need money to do that.

How can we make wise decisions about our finances?

Julie said we need to listen to what God has to say about money. Our first obligation is to Him. He gave us everything we have therefore we should give back to Him.

Jack added that the tithe is the starting point. We hold our money with an open hand so He can put into and take out of it what he wishes.

It is important to remember that we don’t provide for anything or for anybody. It is God that provides what we and those we love need.

Next week chapter three.

See you Sunday.

John

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