June 2015 Good $ense Newsletter: The Priority of Planning

Years ago when I first visited south Florida, I found it Ugly (Yes, that’s ugly with a capital U!).  All the swamps and huge bugs that never die were a real turn off.  But when I experienced the plans Florida entrepreneurs such as Walt Disney and others envisioned and implemented I realized how Florida has transformed itself from swampland to a tourism and retirement hot spot.  Excellent restaurants and entertainment coupled with relaxing sunset views, ocean beaches, palm trees, and year-round sunshine have coalesced to endear South Florida as a tropical paradise for me too.

This past week as I drove through the swamps of “Alligator Alley” (connecting Naples and Miami) it hit me that our financial lives can be similarly transformed.  It is possible to move from where we are now to Freed-Up Financial Living with some intentional planning, if those plans are committed to God.  Proverbs 16:3 encourages us to “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans”.  Planning change in our lives is so much more hope-filled when God is part of it.

Luke 14:28-29 highlights the importance of planning: “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you.”

Part of laying the foundation for a solid financial plan involves understanding how we are motivated with regard to money. The four most common emotional money motivations are freedom, security, power, and love.  None of these are bad – unless they take priority over our dependence on God to help us plan and implement those plans.

Our Freed-up Financial Living curriculum includes a “money motivation quiz” to help you understand your relationship with money. Knowing our financial motivations and understanding the spiritual and biblical basis for financial planning will equip us to implement plans for earning, giving, saving, spending, and debt in our own lives and in the lives of those we serve.  Why not take the quiz today? You may download it now at Freed-up Financial Living pre-work, pages 15-16.

Sid Yeomans
President, Good Sense Movement
Transforming Finances! Transforming Lives!