How to Resolve Shame in Your Finances
How much do you weigh?
Would you rather tell someone how much you weigh or tell them how much you have in credit card debt? Surveys show that we’d rather talk about our weight than our finances! Money can be a painful topic because many people feel guilt, shame, and regret, but God doesn’t want us to live that way. His Word says that His yoke is easy and His burden light, meaning He doesn’t expect us to bear the weight of the world on our shoulders. Christ died to do that for us. Instead, we need to align our hearts and finances with what God says about money. We’re called to steward – or manage – what God, the true Owner, has provided.
When you learn to use your finances according to Scripture, you’ll have nothing to be ashamed of. A simple way to get started is by using a budget. Just try it and see what happens. You start by simply tracking your spending for a month. Write it down or find an app that tracks it for you. Then divide your spending into categories. You’ll discover where your money goes along with your spending habits. Analyze closely and study all your expenses. Are they less than your income? If not, you need to make some adjustments. Time and sacrifice can solve the issue. A budget is an easy tool that tells your money where you want it to go! It takes some time but so does trying to make ends meet when you don’t live on a budget! Resolve to take budgeting one day at a time. Implement one and soon you’ll be talking about money rather than your weight!
If you’re ashamed of your excessive credit card debt, reach out to Christian Credit Counselors. They’ll create a debt management plan that works for you. For more information call the Crown Helpline: 800-722-1976 or visit online at crown.org/ccc.