How to Achieve your Financial Freedom

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

In a world powered by money, how do you achieve your financial freedom?

What exactly is financial freedom? Working four hours a week? Living from the profits of a great idea? Climbing a mountain and reclusing from society? Erasing all your debt? Retiring early?

Some feel it is the freedom to do what you want without money constraints. Others, to be able to live without working.

How much money do you need to achieve it? Maybe one million dollars is enough for you to achieve financial freedom, while for others, one million dollars may not be enough to cover even their yearly expenses.

Money in my pocket may be finite, but money is really infinite. Because after all money is a number value, an amount that has no limit. Like an endless rope that you pull closer and closer but never reach its end, no matter how fast you run it through your hands. 

If we knew our lives would end tomorrow, would it matter how much money we have to our name? It may benefit our family members, but for us, personally, it is just as much as zero. Because no matter how high your pile of rope is, it does not take you anywhere beyond death. 

So why do we worry so much about money? Not only those struggling to make ends meet but also many billionaires and millionaires who are obsessed with increasing their capital.

Clearly then, ultimate financial freedom is not about cash amounts, personal needs or inner satisfaction. Financial freedom has more to do with the feeling of being one hundred percent in control. Or at least the illusion of being in control.

If it is not by accumulating more money, how do you achieve your true financial freedom? That inner feeling of being free from the power of money or possessions, available to the rich or the poor because money is not the problem, the need for control is. 

Imagine if you carried in your pockets at all times, lots of pebbles. As life progresses, you add more and more pebbles to your pocket. People ask about the pebbles and you tell them that it is very important to own a lot of pebbles because you never know when you will need to pile them up like a mountain, so you can climb high away from serious problems.

Over time, the pebbles start to make holes in your pockets, and as the pebbles slip to the ground you hurry from right to left collecting all the pebbles dropping down. After some decades, you don't even see the sky anymore, or the faces of those around you, as your eyes are always scanning the floor for pebbles. You become so tied down by the weight of the pebbles that one day there is a fire in the house, and you just can't run away because you got to keep all these pebbles in your pockets even when their weight is higher than your strength.

There is a better way to live. Freedom from having to scan the ground all the time, freedom to look up, to look around. It comes from engaging in a different monetary system, where the more you give, the wealthier and freer you become. The more you share, the bigger your portfolio. Because this monetary system is not perishable, it is actually made of love.

"Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 1 Pet 1:18-19

We don't have to be in control of our lives, either through money, power or self-discipline. Nobody is actually in control of their lives, so why do we deceive ourselves? God created us to let him have all the control, because his control is always out of love, while ours is always out of selfishness. 

What would our lives look like if we gave all of our control to God? 

Jesus died to free us from our selfishness, to free us from the power of our pebbles.

Let him carry your pebbles, let him define how many pebbles are enough for you, let him help you find the pebbles when you need them. And even if the serious problems come around and you don't have enough pebbles to make a mountain to climb high, he will be there with you and he will lift your eyes high so you can see that there is a safe place higher than any pebble mountain you may pile.

Keep your life free from love of money, be content with what you have, for he has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. So we can confidently say, The Lord is my helper; I will not fear, what can man do to me? Hebrews 13:5-6

That is true Financial Freedom!

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A Wrinkle In Time - How to Change Your Life Story

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

My oldest son came home from school this week, sharing he was feeling a little scared because his teacher read aloud the book "A Wrinkle in Time," to his class. The book, written in the sixties, has experienced a come back after Disney transformed the story into a movie.

Regardless personal opinions about the story, many kids are fascinated and even scared with stories that have to do with time travel, outer worlds, and the fight between good and evil. The possibility that a single person, especially a single child, could change the track of time and history with a small act of courage is captivating! 

Enter Hannah, your typical housewife, except in her household there were two wives to one husband, and the other wife treated Hannah really bad. Can we say she was bullied all the time? Hannah could not have babies while the other lady had enough children to feel superior and prideful.

In that time in history, having a lot of kids was very important, not only because a women's worth was in her offspring, but also because her kids were her retirement plan, once her husband died. Hannah was one deep hurting lady with no hope. She could not change her own future, much less the future of the world!

It would be completely senseless to think Hannah was anything more than a bullied housewife as she stood one day at the temple moving her lips in prayer. Her body was so distressed and shaken by emotions, that the priest took her for a drunk. A drunk bullied housewife.

Right there, in her shame, pain, and loneliness, Hannah makes a wrinkle in time. Yes, the woman seen as a drunk, bullied and worthless impacted your life, my life and changed the world. Talk about possibilities!

Hannah prayed that if God gave her a son, she would give her son back to God, to serve in the temple all his life. It was a bold and selfless prayer, not only asking for a miracle son, but asking for a real proof that she was even worthy of having a prayer answered. Did God even know that Hannah existed? 

Little did Hannah know that the biggest miracle was not going to happen inside her body, a bigger miracle was going to happen inside the world! Her son Samuel would grow up and one day anoint a young man named David, to be king.

Hannah, do you know the power of your small prayer? Hannah, you are about to start a Kingdom that is going to last forever! Hannah, God is going to make a wrinkle in time with your prayer!

One day, centuries after Hannah made her prayer, God sends his son Jesus to enter the lineage of King David, to become THE everlasting king. Jesus says "I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star."

Hannah's miracle baby anointed Jesus' great, great, great, great grandfather, king. 

There is a real story about time travel, outer worlds, and the fight between good and evil. We are in it, whether we like it or not. The only act of courage you need to make right now is to join the good side of the story, the end has already been written. The good guys win in the end. 

"For us a child is born, to us a son is given... Of the increase of his government and of peace, there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forever more." Isaiah 9:6,7

Do you know the power of your small prayer? Do you know that you can be part of a Kingdom that lasts forever? Do you know that you can make right now a wrinkle in your life story?

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