|Posted by elevenfive on September 30, 2019 at 11:25 PM|
The Israelites went from slaves in a stranger’s land to owners of their own land. And in the middle of this journey was the wilderness: God training ground of choice. Part of Leviticus is the economic training to ensure His people aren’t enslaved again by money. This is where another obstacle today gets in our way. It’s a success “checker” called The Lender.
The reason we should “lend and not borrow” is because “a borrower becomes a slave to its lender (Proverbs 22:7).” So I offer you spiritually responsible method called The Dominion Plan. It's a fun and spiritually responsible way to balance a lifestyle, maintenance the heart, and never face this finance “checker.”
Begin with this simple question: can you make it with only 70% of your income? I'm talking about staying out of the wilderness. If the answer is no, make some adjustments to get to that point before you continue. You can cross examine some of your spending habits, work extra hours, or practice more minimalist living. Any reasonable sacrifice will be worth it.
We’re gonna divide your income into 4 percentages: 10-70-10-10.
For…you guessed it!
The first 10 percent is inspired by Jacob after he received the blessing, and once celebrate by King David as a process off of “God’s giving hand,” we’re talking about tithing. And that is my story in Book 1. You guys remember me in The Parable of The Invisible Car Pool right? How was my performance?
For The Wilderness Reflex
70 percent of your income is to live basic and humble. Anything you buy that you feel tempted to advertise to your friends doesn't fall into this category. You’ll learn why in a second. The method is gonna substitute Retail therapy, your gambling, and your costly escapes.
Twist the Familiar
Find out the amount your local bank charges for overdraft fee in checking account. And this same amount is now your fee to yourself! You’ll be saving up 10 percent of everything you make in cash form, letting it build. And whenever you’re in need, borrow from yourself prepared to repay it in cash with the overdraft fee first chance you get. Any inability to do this on time doubles you penalty. And your own IOU get bigger than your ability
See this way you hold every new desire accountable, measuring against all you accumulated labor. This will restore and maintain your dominion. You’ll master your servitude for one Master only. Remember, you can’t serve both God and mammon. You’re basically betraying the lure of money and building it up to please God. This will maintain your resistance to temptation. Use this method as a head start to actively pleasing God.
Invest in Something You Didn't see Coming!
Life is about finding purpose, setting goals, believing in and owning yourself. Just as we “are the salt of the earth,” these experiences are arguably the “flavor of our lifestyle.” Without it, we go from flavorless, to bitter, to spoiled. Any routine that demands a break from these 3 things is just emotional abuse. That’s why it’s important to set money aside for you to invest in you, without built up psychological pressure. This way, the reflex of retail therapy is over! Here are a few suggestions:
- Hobbies: advertise your business or hobby
- Singers: buy some studio time
- Artists: advertise your work on bigger platforms
- Learners: buy a fun college course
Whatever you choose, it should maintenance your potential. Invest in a “Sabbath day” away from consistency of how public opinion’s defines you. And your faith won’t have so much pressure! How about being inspired and/or being an inspiration without the debt? Your character will continue to be defined, taking nothing away from the other categories. It should be a vacation away from your cycle. Believe me 10 percent will never seem too costly on the inside.
What will happen?! And every step you take to you potential becomes a platform out of the wilderness and into your Promised Land.
This advice is free Christian love from the Taxi Driver character in Christian Parables. But feel free to buy me lunch with a small donation. Congratulations in advance on owning this new platform referred to as "you!"