That is the question.
I get it at least once a day in some form: HOW do you only spend $150 on groceries?? HOW do you get stuff for free?? HOW have you paid of $5000 worth of debt in 3 months?? WHAT IS YOUR SECRET??
Well, I do have a secret. And I have been sharing it with people as they ask. But I’m just going to say up front- most people don’t really like my secret. Most people also don’t really want to get out of debt and/or learn how to manage wealth and the reason I know this is because ANYONE can use my secret, they just choose not too. Heck, I chose not to for a loooooong time myself! How do you think I got in this mess??
O.K. ready for my secret? Here it is: Sacrifice.
Alright, now that my readership has dropped 90%… anyone interested in hearing me out?
We all know about get-rich-quick schemes, fad diets that advertise instant weight loss with no effort, etc. We all know these things just don’t work. Yet we get sucked in to them time and time again thinking maybe THIS one will really work! It’s so tempting: the thought of finding the magic cure for all of life’s troubles. But guess what? That’s just not how life works.
Actually, I’m going to go one step further and say that not only is this NOT how life works, but that the fact that we have to work hard and sacrifice to achieve the things we desire and want most in life is actually a huge blessing! It is the refining fire that turns our hearts and souls from that of mortal flesh to eternal gold. Really- it’s a good thing, and I’m not just making it up!
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
And in specific relationship to money, I’ve found this to be true. It wasn’t until Mike and I were willing to submit ourselves to feeling sacrifice that our desire to get out of debt really took off the ground. We’ve always wanted to be out of debt (who doesn’t), but we just weren’t willing to do whatever it takes. Check out my Budget Boot Camp if you don’t believe that I’ve made any sacrifices along the way!
Here is little ol’ Kate, reflected in the Proverbs over and over again. There’s the girl that used to agree to any and every invite to eat out and just chargrf away on the credit card because she felt like she would look silly saying “I don’t have the cash, sorry!” Then there’s the girl that either doesn’t go out unless she has the money OR just doesn’t buy anything. It’s tough. Real tough. But infinitely worth it!
7 One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; —> This was Kate BEFORE (credit card, credit card, credit card)
another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. —> This is Kate NOW (almost debt free, and soon paying CASH for things like vacations, cars, and someday maybe a HOUSE! What?? Only rich people do that sort of thing!)
23 All hard work brings a profit, —> This is Kate NOW
but mere talk leads only to poverty. —> This was Kate BEFORE
11 Those who work their land will have abundant food, —> This is Kate NOW
but those who chase fantasies have no sense. —> This was Kate BEFORE
How about you? What are you willing to sacrifice along the way? How are you refelected in the Proverbs? Leave a comment!
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