I had to work to keep pace with my guest today bc she is so passionate about her message. I even drank half a cup of coffee (blegh!)
But it was so worth it. Rachel Cruze is a fast talker, but she’s also delightful, warm and brilliant. I find young women like this one so inspiring – I wonder how different my life would look had I learned early on what she has known from the time she could first crawl…..
Rachel was born into a family who took God at His Word when it comes to money. Her parents (Dave and Sharon Ramsey) had an opportunity to start all over; just filed for bankruptcy when Rachel came in to the world. Dave shares his story openly on his radio show “Financial Peace” and in several of his books.
I have to trust that the Author of her story, is also the Author of mine. And He knew exactly what I needed to learn these money lessons the hard way….. Is there a book based on a kindergartner’s approach to money? There should be…. Maybe you need to write it? 🙂
It should probably include simple points like;
- Don’t spend more than you earn.
- Save some of it for later.
- Give some of it away.
- Be thankful you have any.
- It’s not yours to begin with.
I was struck with what Rachel said- “More than ever, we are letting others’ lives and others’ expectations and their lifestyles dictate the way we handle our money.” What would it be like to shift that “standard seeking” to the Supreme Constant- the Ancient Word of God?
The more I grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, (the One to Whom I was writing letters in a journal I called, “Letters to an Unknown God,”) the more I see that it’s all gift. It’s all about Him. Money, possessions, things, even my children, even my life itself- these are not my own. (I’ll share more about this journal in a later episode.)
When I finally got that straight, some how, I don’t know- it was like I could just let go of controlling it so much….. I have seen that God is trustworthy in every area of life, including money.
This has led to more gratitude, more contentment, more joy and peace… Life still happens… but there’s a poetry to it all now.
Last week, a friend of mine lost her grown son- he was 26 years old. They’d been through ups and downs together- as every family has…. then one morning, he was gone. It jarred me a bit. in a good way. It made me remember (yet again) what’s most important. I’ve hugged my husband and kids more this past week than I have in a long time.
This Christmas, I believe will be even simpler than it has been in the past. We’d already pared down considerably because our church has made it a point to train us with adages like;
“Live simply so others can simply live,”
“Have less under our tree so there’s more under theirs.”
“Global Christmas” to help us think globally especially at Christmas-it’s when we have our biggest missions push every year.
I challenge you to focus on your relationships this Christmas, more than the presents or the presentation…. Check out this great article from my friend Crystal Paine. Her blog is chock FULL of great tips for Christmas budgeting, living simply, earning extra cash from home. You’ll get tickled by the pink Christmas tree the kids chose.. The way she describes her simplified Christmas- it’s like a breath of fresh, cool air. Bye Love!
Rachel’s Charity of Choice is Young Life. Contact your local chapter. https://www.younglife.org/Locator/Pages/default.aspx–Just another way for you to live out LOVE!