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Sugar, Discipline and Financial Goals

Needing some self-control to manage your money?

Years ago, I was frustrated with my physical condition. I knew I could do better with a little discipline. So, one January 1st, I resolved to eliminate all sugar from my diet: no desserts, no candy, and no sweeteners in my coffee. I learned to say no to what I wanted (sugar) so that I could get what I needed for tomorrow (better health). I renewed my resolution every morning for an entire year. It brought great personal rewards and taught me to exercise self-control in other areas of my life. If you can be disciplined in just one area, you can learn to be disciplined in all areas of your life, but you must start with one.

To reach financial goals, you need to start with a simple discipline that you faithfully practice one day at a time. This small daily effort over a long period of time will enable you to achieve more than you can imagine. Here’s how I recommend you start. Be faithful to the Lord. If you can be faithful in small things, God will entrust you with more. Don’t do it alone. Pray and dedicate your efforts to the Lord and ask Him to guide your steps. Pray for supernatural help. Ask the Holy Spirit for self-control. It’s a fruit of the Spirit and trusting and abiding in Him. Aim to glorify the Lord with your financial goals. In order of priority, begin giving 10% first, save 3-6 months of overhead in an emergency account second, then reduce debt, and invest for retirement. An eternal perspective will further motivate you to stay disciplined.

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