Let's Get Jumping!
Finally you can bible study with your favorite characters (from the bestselling series WordPlay). And "jump" over your obstacles on a checkerboard of interactive bible lessons. Enjoy family skits, discussion questions, and fun new parables with the symbolism of today!
A Peace Game Won, with One Game Piece
Prepare to jump because you can win this earthly game! Learn with the characters like Lil' Gracie, Kirsten, Tom, Eden, and more. Their lessons and biblical challenges will equip you to jump your obstacles all the way to The Kingdom. With Jesus, you have every right to say, "King me!" So are you ready? Which of those trouble checkers would you like to jump first? Let's Play!
Jump Fear with Lil' Gracie
Lil Gracie was the dizzy, roller-coaster riding, schoolgirl who discovers the 3D Maze's path to victory. From the Parable of A Maze in Grace
So... let's get ready to jump what I like to call "Barney Fear."
The new "golden calf"of today is Barney: a person who somehow gets along with everyone, even people who spiritually don't deserve you or your efforts. Not even the Bible calls for this, as you'll see in the scriptures below. The Barney Life is a man-made idol for envy, simple as that. And only wisdom can see this invisible robbery of your emotional rights, when you're wronged by the wrong person. If a real friend or family member wrongs you, they will respect it when you process it with your emotional truth. Only a deceptive person will use tradition, name-calling, and abuse the gift of forgiveness by telling you to "get over it!" Choose your friends wisely. Do not settle for weird, deceptive, knock-offs. But what happens as you move pass obstacles like these? These checkers become "checkers!" They stay in your business.
Even bigger than their focus on you, or your focus on their focus, is the fact that you'll "loose your turn" to keep "moving forward" if you're not careful! Remember those "eavesdropping helicopters" in the Parable of The Unsuspecting Suspect? They symbolized these types of people who "hover over you with artificial light, expecting you to look up... to them." But as soon as you question their real intentions... "oh no, you've got it all wrong! We're just concerned about you!" No they're just stalking you!
You've worked so hard on that "golden calf" magical smile that has made their accountability disappear. And guess what? This is precisely when fear becomes an obstacle. So let's jump Fear.. of others.
Jump Sin with Kirsten
Kirsten was the loveable, late, secretary who reveals a different type of "construction." From the Parable of The Blind Architect
So... let's jump sin! Simply put, sin is anything that separates you from God. It's an obstacle to the intimacy and the development in The Kingdom of God. And, without those 2 things, you will eventually fall victim to other philosophies explaining away the void in your heart! Remember the lyric, "I chose the pretty deceptions over the ugly truth (Parable of The Fixed Marriage)?" And now you're even further away from God himself. Sin used your failure to grow to completely stop you. And guess what, Sin has now become an obstacle! The difference with this "checker" is that sin doesn't just want to stall you; Sin wants you to "quit the game." Enough already starring at the poker face of sin. Let's jump Sin.
For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
"Be angry, yet do not sin." Do not let the sun set upon your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.
Galatians 3: 24-25
Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.
I Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Jump Doubt with Thomas!
Thomas was the curious patient who tip-toed away from Lady Luck to another land higher and deeper: Faith - From the Parable of the Blindfold
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But... don't tell your friends the surprise ending, okay?
I will add something to this. Your free will can actually be a disadvantage if you have the wrong self-perception because "as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7)." Doubt limits your potential to succeed and increases your appetite to worry. And this will cause you to redefine your boundaries, and mistake every grape for a sour grape. Only in this case, the Fox is the obstacle of Doubt. Ready to jump Doubt? Ready to overcome a Faith Phobia? Here we go:
Scriptures on Faith
I Corinthians 2:5
That your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
I Corinthians 16:13
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
II Corinthians 1:24
Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand.
II Corinthians 5:7
For we walk y faith, not by sight.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.
Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
I John 5:4
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith.
So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
I Peter 5:9
Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experience by your brotherhood in the world.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
I Thessalonians 3:7
Therefore, brethren, in all our affliction and distress we were comforted concerning you by your faith.
II Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.
Jump Trials with Eden
Eden was the aspiring girlfriend for Mr. Right who contemplated a mysterious offer that she shouldn't refuse in The Parable of A Fair Affair
A trial is nothing more than a camouflaged attempt to steal your confidence. Notice the drum roll element in your trials is always your reaction, never the surprise. Every force, every nosy spectator is starring at your reaction and the decisive fruits still ripening. Trials and tribulations always fail if you simply remember the seniority you have over them in Christ. Here's how to remember. Here's how to jump your trials!
Game Rule: No Half-Jumps
No lukewarm players can be sure in this game! And the I Corinthians agrees. A wise man once suggested that failure is never worse than "being successful in something that doesn't matter." Don't be a lukewarm champion; the prize is vanity. Let's meet God the whole way for His whole intervention. Yes? Let's jump our trials!
So even though wisdom is better than strength, those who are wise will be despised if they are poor. What they say will not be appreciated for long.
I John 4:4
But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
John 16: 24
Until now have you asked nothing in my name: ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Apologize-a-Phobia (The Fear of Saying Sorry)
The invisible consequence of never “standing up to yourself” to admit fault is this: you unknowingly become your own God! You cannot be wrong. So you flip your accountability with any idea or distraction that works. But if you sacrifice maturity for comfort, how can you grow? How can you move forward? This is the “chess” move on a “checkerboard.” So you watch out…. for you!
As if being “bored on this board” isn’t bad enough, it actually gets worse. Staying still causes movement on the inside because guilt is a busybody, psychologically. Escaping consequence is nothing compared to escaping the need to explain, defend, bribe, a past action that you don’t even own (temptation owns it!) Spiritual irresponsibility ruins your whole platform for achievement … unless your philosophy keep changes the definition of winning. Even then, you’re sporting invisible trophies to an even more invisible crowd. To never say, feel, or be sorry isn’t leadership, like so many say. It’s a trick from below; it’s an obstacle against purpose. It may not take you off the board, but it will take you out the game.
Do you remember which character had Apologize-a-phobia?
- The Cab Driver
- The Blind Architect
- The Shy Girl
Imagine a single “checker” controlling a “pawn” on a checkerboard. It keeps you physically on the board, but takes you off it in every other way. And then, this same obstacle make you for this game for them! This piece that sounds like “peace” strikes too often right our eyes! We call him The User.
Here’s a hack into The User’s technique to control other:
Isolate with high flattery now. Isolate with no flattery later. Then wait.
Here’s how this wicked plan works: The User looks for someone they suspect has low-esteem, no support, or both. Then they pose as the happy ending of a friend or lover who sees them like God sees them. It’s a buffet of active appreciation! And as soon as it’s clear they depend on The User’s attention, and theirs only, The User suddenly stops. And, to fix this mystery, The User makes their way out, his way in. Emotional racketeering is a fair phrase since The User charge them for their own self-esteem!
Unfortunately it works on many. Some will only value The User’s opinion, theirs and theirs only. Nothing an outsider says or does will matter. And since, The User’s mentality is the only one their victims subscribe to, these same victims might the helper for The User!
Users have the wrong recipe for happiness. So they have foolishly changed the “taste.” They see manipulation as their gift.
The User usually hides behind informal leadership roles. And if you look closely, you’ll see a social mystery of people always leaving them! And you should too! Here’s how to jump this obstacle:
To jump in general, simply understand and remember that God’s opinion of you is the only one that matters. Take a look at some of the scriptures below showing how God sees you.
To jump strategically, always remember
that The User’s is practically allergic to self-confidence and good
Christian company. So begin by understanding and rehearsing to yourself
the way God sees you. Here are a few scripture below. Here is a biblical
mirror from the only opinion that matters.
Picture a coach without the sport, and that’s them: full of demands “if you can take it!”
As for The User’s method, we talked about how it works. Now let’s explore why it works.
“The flatterer spreads a net at the feet of the won being flattered ( Proverbs )”
Advice: always prefer empathy over
sympathy. Empathy is actively willing to get in your shoes emotionally.
Sympathy is rarely as active in cure and sometimes has political
avenues. Ironically the very word “sympathy” has “path” and “my path”
“and y my path” right inside it!
And here’s an opportunity to “double-jump” because, believe it or not, it is possible to become your own self-user! It happens when you have the wrong motive to be celebrated. If you remember me in the story of the Counselor’s Gift, many people didn’t completely uncover the symbolism behind the very last thing the secretary said to me. Some of our wisest readers even pretend they didn’t understand because it begins a deep and spiritually ambition to really change their ways. Read it again to see what is hidden by choice.
The Friendly Spectator?
If your wisdom was a tree, the soil would be all your experiences good and bad. The root, however, is a strong daily decision. And the biblical seed? Read it below:
“In all your acquiring, acquire understanding (Proverbs 4:7).”
Now imagine a plan to ruin that routine and all the growth potential! Then put a smile and a head nod on this obstacle. Smaller than a king, queen, or even a rookie, is a “checker” able to put your whole garden of wisdom in “checkmate.” Beware of The Friendly Spectator.
See most obstacles to your spiritual success stand boldly and clearly in your way! But how many people size up a smiling mannequin with a receptive head nod. They’re there for “…there there…” when you reveal all your personal problems. But they offer nothing else:
- no scripture
- no empathy
- no sidekick reflex
- no helpful experience offered (or even Googled)
So this Friendly Spectator strengthens the artificial power of the dilemma over their so-called friend!
But what’s real problem with this? I’ll tell you as soon as you answer this: How are you getting any understanding? How exactly are you lacing your pain with your new wisdom preventing a next time? Where’s your root? How can your tree stand?
Every time you bow to vanity eager to confide in a Friendly Spectator, you become more addicted to “a hope deferred (Proverbs 13:12). Late rapper Tupac Shakur termed this experience “falling in love with the struggle.” It isolates your problems away from strategy, let alone your Christian rights. This method is too lukewarm to be effective!
Here’s good news. Jumping over a Friendly Spectator is easy since these “checkers” literally just sit there. Simply stop sharing your deepest dilemmas with them, keeping everything in the “rhetoric zone” with phrases like “can’t complain… same 'ol same 'ol… how about you?” You can absolutely be friendly without your daily bio. Talk about victory in general. Only wisdom gets to hear you intimately because its fruits always taste like change.
After you jump, you may get some “conversation coupons.” Surely their former ear may seem provocative. But don’t relapse! Instead extend your ear out to God.
Between true friends, this is a blessing. As iron sharpens iron, man sharpens man. Remember? God bless!
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
Buy truth and do not sell it.
O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," And call understanding your intimate friend;
Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding;
So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
A Very Different Checker!
This next obstacle is a teammate in spiritual structure. It one of those rare things God allows to rule over our lifestyles with an invisible strength that would impress Samson! That is unless or until we adjust ourselves! But unlike any other obstacle, this same “checker” can actually truly play for you to win if you simply acknowledge that it’s there and has influence. I’m talking about a “checker” called Cause-and-Effect.
You Can’t Jump!
Here’s the thing: only God can jump Cause & Effect for you. HE did it big time with Jesus (John 3:16). And HE does it daily through miracles which basically interrupt nature, finances, and the rightful reflexes of Cause-N-Effect. So you can’t jump; God must jump it for you. But there’s good news in this predicament.
Cause & Effect is like a private verdict on how accurately your self-perception is. If you remember “when Jacob becomes Job (Book 1),” Cause-N-Effect is an opportunity to keep your heart humble measured and humble. Specifically, humble enough to never see Cause-N-Effect as an obstacle! Take this opportunity!
The alternative? That parabolic moment “when Jacob becomes Job” is also a temptation to double-down on your bad decisions for more unfriendly consequences.
Being in denial or simply feeling above Cause-N-Effect leads to unchecked behavior, which blocks humility and makes you vulnerable to each & every spiritual equation in the book of Proverbs. You will reap what you sow, whether you believe it or not. Boycotting your responsibility to adjust your decisions will sustain this cycle where cause-and-effect can strike whenever it wants. And it will always truly trace back to where this is all your fault. And there’s a word for all of this. It’s called “a curse.”
Tell me something: What do these 2 villans have in common?
Remember when Jesus was being interrogated Law-and-Order style right before trial? Originally I was speechless at Jesus being speechless, just sitting there in perfect silence. And so were these strife-addicted authorities who asked Him, "Do you speak." Jesus replied, "Why should I speak at all? You're not going to believe anything I say anyway." Our Lord was so right about this opponent mentality.
King Ahab continued to probe Micaiah for a combative reply. The plan: to brag about their alleged tension in front of a big-time war celebrity (Jehosaphat). The deeper truth was a warning which Ahab ignored... simply to tell himself, "I got enemies, got a lot of enemies..." The prophecy came true and killed him.
So what do both villans have in common? They have a secret love affair with their own frustration! This is a symptom of The Mocker (that spiritual checker). Despite their claims, Mockers are not really interested in truth, knowledge, or wisdom. These people are obsessed with impossibility, since it translates into an opportunity for them to throw their hands up, sigh publicly, and project all the blame upon the other guy: the real victim of their conversation.
The Biggest Obstacle
The biggest obstacle with The Mocker is they mysteriously motivate you to cross-examine them, to teach them, to tutor them. And since they won't change, The Mocker steals your resiliency. If you remember Mr. Nod in the Parable of The Patient's Patience, you'll actually feel that same atmosphere.
Mockers are ultimately a scam against optimism, and a temptation to glorify your own social efforts towards them (only). But mockers are just too parallel. It's like talking to a spiritual brick wall. They live out a different recipe for happiness, including the ingredient of your frustration. Their heart is the oven. And if you eat of this fruit, there's a terrible aftertaste.
To jump this spiritual checker, The Mocker, you must jump "completely over" them or they will pull you in.., until you realize what has happened.
God Bless. Keep Jumping!
Scriptures to Jump Mockery
Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.
Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock him?
Those that be near, and those that be far from thee, shall mock thee, which art infamous and much vexed.
Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?
Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
Meet the “opposing checker” on this checkerboard ready to “jump” you if you don’t jump it first! (See Jude 1:18-19 below). It’s called Criticism. The wrong kind of criticism is like “a piece against peace” and so much more than just another obstacle. Getting around this game piece is tricky (See Proverbs 9:8). But it can be done.
Innocent Criticism Stares At Success, Not You.
Here’s a fun experiment: the next time these fault-finders unfairly criticize you, surprise their foolishness and say, “You’re right!” Then immediately ask, “Can you help me with this?” Now if they’re faking being “just concerned about you,” you will see their face drop and their voice stutter! Here’s why: it’s a “double-jump” to their strategy. It’s like a “checkmate” on a checkerboard!
First, you’ve said, “You’re right.” Here’s a secret: fools don’t care about being correct; they care about sustained conflict. Mockers and scoffers live inside the realm of impossibility to “romanticize and isolate their own opinions (as the last post says).” So what you have done is promoted them to reality and made them severely uncomfortable.
Second, “Can you help me this?” You’ve actually, successfully charged them for their discomfort, which they must pretend to enjoy, by soliciting their advice. In order words, you’re asking them to volunteer knowledge and wisdom. But see, critics have none. Add to that, they’re exhausted from pointing their fingers. This is a pop quiz on the subliminal stance they’ve been taking. And before they fail, they will surely negotiate with this pressure which is ultimately them betraying themselves. If you remember the character Farah (Pharisee) inside our Parable of The Smarter Copycat, she couldn’t offer what she advertised. And it’s the same way with these types of people: they are simply not “The Way (John 14:16).”
When truth itself criticizes their motivation to criticize, they won’t want to bother you anymore. And the stress promised after “jumping criticism” will be irrelevant because it will move itself out of your way!
And yes… I know what you’re all wondering, “Did Junior and the Shy Girl ever go steady? You betcha’ we did! That’s why we can all “Double-Jump” the strategy of Criticism all the way to The Kingdom! God Bless.
They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself.
Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.
Inside any conversation, think “lions-and-tigers-and Fools… oh my!” Who can bear? (Proverbs 17:12) Today let’s discover the homonym effect between the 2 core wishes that every fool has. Fools desire
“attention” and “a tension.”
Fantasy of “Attention.”
Think about it. A character who craves a platform to reveal his own mind… without any type of knowledge. How can they overcome this dilemma without betraying the pride of their empty mind? Wisdom understands that fools merely flirt with wisdom, to hi-jack the platform. Of course Fool’s aren’t in a conversation for the knowledge! The proof is in the repetition, their absence of growth, and your emotional exhaustion afterwards. Fools make fun of its efforts toward them. Think about this, the next time you’re explaining anything. You could be in front of one of them.
Fantasy of “A Tension.”
Imagine for a moment what stimulates a fool. They pledge allegiance to their own personal pride, yet need to market it everywhere like a commercial. To get attention, they need “a tension:” a brick wall of a predicament to complain about constantly to no avail. This romanticizes their opinion without the isolation, and gives them a false sense of purpose. Why do you think politics is such big business? This need is its origin, that’s why!
How do we notice these people? Read The Top 25 Signs of a Fool : the spin-off commentary from The Parable of The Counselor’s Gift. But we are ready to “jump folly” so it’s no longer an obstacle!
This lesson from WordPlay Character Eugene.
Eugene was the mysteriously hungry restaurant customer, who was super-sized in the smallest of ways in The Parable of the Waitress’s Tip
Jumping Inner Pain
There’s a short joke where a car salesman approaches a smiling guy standing in the lot.
“Thinking about buying a car?” The Salesman asks
“No… I’m going to buy a car. I’m thinking about the girl next door!
I find this innocent joke both cute and a good role model for a healthy perception. You shouldn’t be thinking about the day-to-day routine; your aspirations and your dreams should be on your mind more, even as you certainly accomplish your responsibilities! Let me prove this. There is a scripture in The Bible that states that “a rich man’s wealth is like a brick wall to his imagination.” Interesting that the Bible takes time to recognize imagination as a good, naturally, arguably necessary experience! After all don’t and imagination and faith have a lot in common?
See the secret to “thinking about the girl next door” is a faithful awareness that you can do anything in Christ, who strengthens you, remember? But if you constantly dwell on something smaller (routine, tradition, responsibilities), which is strategically lower than your effectiveness, you will trap yourself inside vanity every time, I promise.
Now… get inside this joke with me. But I’m going to change some words around. Instead of “thinking about buying a car,” I’ll ask you:
“Are you thinking about ridding yourself of their stress?”
Say “No… I’m going to rid myself of this stress (…). I’m thinking about the meaning behind that verse in Proverbs!
Now here are a few more. Respond to each one of these.
- Are you thinking about getting God to love you?
- Are you thinking about getting your prayers answered?
- Are you thinking about living your best life?
- Are you thinking about breaking that bad habit?
- Are you thinking about being at peace?
God Bless You.
Wandering and confusion from a hope deferred heart (Proverbs). If you make your pain the main character, it changes your whole story. A preference like this will block success because, after all, that’s not the theme of your life. Feelings of pain are animated by consistency, ongoing proof; there’s simply no room for anything else. Innocently think about the girl next door.
The difference begins here “Immature vs. I’m Mature” similar until you “spell it out.”That’s why it seems easier for them! There’s a part of them that is simply waiting for life’s events to balance them out ethically (since they won’t do it.) They’ve already profited off of their offenses; it’s their platform. So sin to them, a like a business instrument, where they compete and try to make a profit with their sins. So when what goes around comes around, they do call it reaping what they sow, they call it “just business” and continue in same immaturity. Their philosophy is like a pillow for their head under pressure.
now here comes a more mature, self-adjusted, and Christian individual.
Our suffering is less seasonal, more mysterious. And it’s emotionally
harder because we don’t have this “guess-it’s-my-turn” philosophy to
back on. The problem, allegedly, is that you don’t have their philosophy
to comfort you when you suffer. Now if this is animates you perfectly,
all it means if that you have innocently forgotten who you are in
Christ. Who needs their philosophy when you have God’s truth! Just keep
this Awareness is a psychological prophecy taking place every day
amongst the anointed.
Money Problems? Jump The Lender
By The Taxi Driver (Invisible Carpool Parable)
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.”
The Dominion Plan
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.
The first 10 percent is for...you got it! 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?
70% 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.
10% to 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 your penalty. And your own IOU gets 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.
10% to 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.
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