Perry Noble wrote a blog post yesterday titled “Broke & Stupid?” and he got my attention very early on with this: “OR–let me ask THIS question…let’s say that TODAY you clearly heard the voice of God telling you WHY He made you…what HIS purpose is for your life…and letting you know WHAT He wanted you to do…”
A year or so ago, we were in debt up to our eyeballs. Missing a single paycheck would have been problematic for our finances, and I know that missing two would’ve been BAD NEWS. I’m not exactly sure what happened to cause us wake up, but we did. I started listening to a LOT of Dave Ramsey podcasts and stuff from Crown Financial Ministries as well as reading one of Howard Deyton’s books. We quickly realized how much money we were throwing away at stupid stuff every month by not paying attention.
Fast forward six months or so from that point and things were dramatically different. We were living on a budget (or “spending plan” if the b-word scares you) and it was working! We were making a pretty good dent in our debt. We paid off all our credit cards in late February or early March and by the end of April, we had no car payments either!
And then, God started revealing stuff to us. Scary stuff! See, I knew about a year ago that God was calling me to do more with the gifts that had been entrusted to me. I had an awesome job that I loved, we were living close to both our families, and were involved in a wonderful church. But after the Fall Church IT Round Table in Kansas City, I knew that it wasn’t enough. Bonnie and I began praying on a pretty regular basis that God would show us what we were supposed to do and where we were supposed to do it. To make a very long story much shorter, it was revealed to us, and as you know – here we are – living in South Bend, Indiana.
I know you’re thinking I’m schizophrenic and wondering why I keep jumping between topics, so here’s the bottom line: these two things are so connected for us that it just wows me. If we hadn’t started sorting out our financial life a year ago, it would have been nearly impossible for us to pick up and move to Indiana. However, the Father knew what was going to happen long before we did and began preparing us for it. Without the burden of credit cards and car payments and armed with the discipline it takes to live on a budget, we were able to move here with only the promise of my paycheck, which is actually less than what I was making at my previous job. Two months after the move, we’re doing OK!
I couldn’t help but take Perry’s post and use it as a springboard to share a little bit of our story and encourage you to get your “stuff” in order so that WHEN (notice I said when, not IF) God calls you to action, you’ll be prepared to act!