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The Beauty of Boundaries 8: Boundaries In Our Finances

The Beauty of Boundaries Day 8 – Boundaries In Our Finances

“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.” (Proverbs 3:9-10, ESV)

“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’” (Luke 14:28-30, ESV)

“He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. When goods increase, they increase who eat them, and what advantage has their owner but to see them with his eyes? Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich will not let him sleep.” (Ecclesiastes 5:10-12, ESV)

As we continue in our study of boundaries, today we are going to discuss the topic of having boundaries with our finances. Typically, when we think about setting boundaries with regard to our personal finances, it’s in the sense of limiting spending in order to live within our means. That will certainly be covered today, but we’ll also discuss the other end of the spectrum, which is pouring too much time and resources into bettering our own financial picture. 

The first verse in our reading tells us the most important thing we can do with our money: give it away. This doesn’t mean giving away every dollar such that our families are starving, but that the first line item on the budget is giving. We are called to give from the firstfruits of what we receive, not from what’s left over after every expense is accounted for. If giving doesn’t fit into our financial plan, then our financial plan needs to change. 

Our second verse tells us that we need to take time to sit down and count the costs. I know some people who don’t formally make a budget, but just mentally keep track of their finances and make sure to spend less than they make. I am on the other end of the spectrum in the sense that I keep a formal budget and track our expenses each month to ensure that we’re meeting our financial goals. Whatever the method, we are not only accountable to ourselves and to our families for what we spend, but we are also accountable to God. Take some time to ensure that your financial picture is working, and if not, figure out what needs to change.

The final verse in our reading deals with what happens when bettering our financial picture becomes our only goal. There is such a thing as being too focused on money. It is important that our finances be in order, but we also need to set boundaries in how much we focus on our financial goals. I have never heard someone say that they had the exact amount of money they wanted in the bank, no matter how much was actually in there. As humans, we are naturally dissatisfied with what we have and think if we just had a little bit more we would be satisfied. We would be wise to do what we can and trust the Lord with the rest.

I hope this short study on setting boundaries with our finances serves as an encouragement to you. It would be my prayer that we would work on setting boundaries on both ends regarding our finances, while making sure we start our financial journey by giving back to the Lord.

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