October 2017 Good $ense Newsletter: Financial Fingerprints
Dear Good $ense Friends,
My oldest daughter, Faith, is 4 years old and in our church’s Pre-Kindergarden. Recently, I was visiting her class during circle time. All the 4- & 5-year olds sit on a circle shaped rug intently listening as their teacher reads a story, provides encouragement and gives instructions on their next activity.
Ms. Crystal presented their activity instructions starting with a piece of paper with an outline of a cross. Each student was to take their little fingers and press against some ink then press their fingers on the paper inside the cross outline filling it with vibrant colors mimicking a mosaic painting.
“Class, do you know how I know each of you are special to God?” No, shook several little heads. “Well I know you are special because God created you and there is no one else in the entire world that has your exact same finger prints. Not your mom or dad or brother or sister. Just you, you have your very own finger prints.”
As I watched each child get up from the circle rug and create their mosaic finger printed cross, I looked down at my own fingerprints. Ms. Crystal was correct, we are all special and uniquely created in the image of God. It reminded me of Psalm 139: 13-15 MSG:
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
This is true about our body, mind and soul. God created each one of us to be different. To have unique life experiences that shape our opinions, even our opinions around money. Much like our finger prints, we each have a motivation when it comes to money, based on a variety of factors, such as temperament and life experiences. Often the meaning of money and the way it motivates us is subtle and something we are not always aware of.
In Freed-Up Financial Living, one of the pre-work assignments for participants is to complete a 14-question quiz identifying their individual opinions, views and motivations when it comes to money. The quiz helps participants to understand their behavior regarding money by identifying their primary money motivation and its meaning. This can help members of your congregation understand why they seem to be “stuck” in certain financial behavior patterns. The primary money motivations are:
- Freedom. To you, money means having the freedom to do what you like.
- Security. You need to feel safe and secure, and you desire the stability and protection that money supposedly provides.
- Power. Personal success and control are important to you, and you appreciate the power money sometimes provides.
- Love. You like to use money to express love and build relationships.
Once participants identify their primary money motivations, they continue through a six week course to learn foundational Biblical principals in money management.
Help members of your congregation discover their own money motivations and learn to apply Biblical financial principles in their lives. You can find the Money Motivation Quiz on our Resource page for Freed-Up Financial Living, in the Teaching Tools section. For more information, click here: https://goodsensemovement.org/resources/freed-up-financial-living/.