Spiritual Budgeting

Erik Cooper —  December 6, 2010 — Leave a comment

It’s that time for me again.  Budgeting.

Budgeting is the financial equivalent of watching Peyton Manning throw his 4th pick six.  No one throws a budget making party (at least no one with friends).  I’ve been avoiding spreadsheets like meatloaf ever since I got my accounting degree nearly 15 years ago.

But budgeting is essential. As Dave Ramsey would say, it’s telling your money where it’s going rather than waiting for circumstances to dictate it’s dispersion for you.  We do it for our personal finances.  We do it for CityCom’s finances.

So why don’t we take the same approach with our spiritual lives? If intentionality with money is good, why not be intentional with the very thing that we claim defines our entire essence?

Photographer: Arvind Balaraman

Most of us don’t need more information about God.  We just need to activate what we already know. Jesus said:

“I’ve laid down a pattern for you…If you understand what I’m telling you, act like it – and live a blessed life.”
– John 13:12-17 (MSG)

Act like it? Hmmm.

As the clock runs out on 2010, what if we spent some time crafting some spiritual goals for our next revolution around the sun? A spiritual budget so to speak.  Telling our lives where they’re going to go ahead of time.

Not action aimed at earning God’s favor (that’s impossible).  Intentional motion designed to respond to what we know He’s already told us.

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