The start of a new year is often the perfect time to pause, reflect, and set new goals. Take advantage of the opportunity to start fresh and begin anew by looking at your finances for the upcoming year. Not sure where to start? Josh Lawson offers practical advice and tips for managing your money with a Kingdom mindset in his book REALIGN.
In his book, Josh suggests the first step in realigning our finances is to “realign our beliefs.” Whether we recognize it or not, each of us holds onto a core set of beliefs, which determine the external “fruit” of our lives. “What you believe about yourself and the world around you determine how you will interact with your money,” writes Josh. “You may not realize it, but what you believe about yourself, God, and money is already manifested in your actions.”
Once we examine our own beliefs and core values, it’s time to examine our end goals. “All too often financial teachings and our personal financial goals communicate that the ultimate objective is to have enough resources to do whatever you want to do, whether it’s to buy a bigger house, a luxury car, or have a nice nest egg set aside for retirement,” Josh explains. “Rather than focusing on building the Kingdom of God, we are seeking self-gratification and security in our finances.”
Instead of chasing after comfort and security, God’s Word says to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” so that “all these things will be given to you” (Matthew 6:33). Josh writes about his own journey learning to trust God with his finances by seeking the Kingdom first. Oftentimes it’s tempting to believe “we can control our finances and save enough money to create a little buffer zone of comfort” and eventually “avoid much of the pain life brings,” confesses Josh.
When we choose to value our own financial gain or security above God’s Kingdom, we miss out on His purposes and plans. “Instead of saying ‘yes’ to the great adventures God is calling us to, we end up settling for second best,” warns Josh. Although a great level of trust is required, choosing to seek His Kingdom first allows us to experience God’s best.If you are looking for financial help, try reading Josh’s book or attending one of the REALIGN classes. Many people have been challenged and transformed through Josh’s teaching, including Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, Robert Herber, author of The Partying God, and Todd Harper, President of Generous Giving. REALIGN is available on our website or through Amazon.