It is said by some that it takes at least 66 days to create a new habit. In her studies, a psychology researcher named Phillippa Lally determined that behavioral change can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days. The fact of the matter, sometimes change takes time and repetition. Why say this? Well, the shepherds are thinking that it would be helpful to revisit the Dave Ramsey class that deals with finances. I myself think it would be good because what I learned back then, I really don’t practice well now. Maybe some of you that took the class are in a similar boat. Or, maybe you never took the class, but know there has too be a better way to deal with your finances.
And do not conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
What is God’s will when it comes to our finances? We know that God wants us to be “good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1st Peter 4:10) displayed in the gifts He blesses us with. We of course have the parable of the talents found in Matthew 25:14-30. In that parable, Jesus truly teaches that good stewardship is a serious matter. At the same time, when to comes to giving at least, God cares just as much about the heart of the giver than He does the amount given (2nd Corinthians 9:7). Simply put, “God loves a cheerful giver.” It is within this dynamic of stewardship, which involves our giving, that minds so often need transformation.
So, are you up for another Dave Ramsey class? I am! I need it because there is still some transformation needing to take place in this area of my life. So, if you have been there and done that already, how about doing it again? If you haven’t and think you could benefit from it, consider being part of it. You may even have some friends or family that would be interested. Give it some thought.