About five to seven years ago, (we can’t agree on when it actually was and it’s not really important), Shannon and I went through Financial Peace University. It was by far the best and most important thing we could have done for our life together. Since then we have taught three classes at our church, and right now I have three friends I’m coaching through it, so we keep our hand in as well as living what we teach.
I am also the Financial Secretary at our church. Some there call me the “money nazi” because I believe that the church should live by the same financial principles that we teach our members to observe. In a time when most of the churches in our area are suffering as a result of the turn down in the local economy, we continue to operate in the black and are able to fund the work that God calls us to do.
People that I work with and teach think it’s funny when I say that one of the best gifts Shannon has ever given me is our budget spread sheet. He is very geeky in Excel, and he even made it purple so it would be fun for me to look at. It is one of the most important tools I have in managing our financial lives. So when I was feeling overwhelmed about the number of things we have to do with this house to get it ready to sell I asked him to make me a simple spread sheet, which he did in short order. I now have a way to see all of the projects organized by room, from big to small, estimated cost, scheduled to do date.
We’ve only been at this for about a month now, this getting ready part. Already I can see a change. My surroundings are looking less cluttered. I have a flow chart and a concrete plan for the work I need to do today to achieve this goal. I try to do something each day to get me closer to the dream. That is what is keeping me grounded and in the present. It has to be about the journey as well as the destination.