When speaking to people about their financial matters, there are a few clear indications that scream “I’m not ready to take responsibility for my own actions!” These tell-tale signs seem to manifest quickly during the conversation. One that always seems to help me identify where a person is on their journey is “I am not doing that well but at least I am doing better than_____(you fill in the blank).” Whenever I hear this, what comes to mind is to ask why they chose this particular person as their measuring stick. Have you ever noticed how that when people are lazy, indifferent, or simply reluctant to make a change, they often make themselves feel better by measuring their efforts or status by someone who is doing worse than they are?
I know that pattern of excuse building…I used to do it too. The truth is that we can always find someone who is doing worse than we are in every area of our lives. The flip side of that coin is that if we look close enough, we also can find plenty of people that are doing much better than we are too. The problem is that when we allow ourselves to measure our financial situation, our marriages, our child-rearing skills or whatever by what others are doing, we will never get an accurate measurement of where we really are nor what we are truly capable of!
I challenge you to take full responsibility for your financial situation and refuse the urge to measure your accomplishments or lack of by what others are doing. Make your plan and set your goals according to what YOU want and where YOU would like to be, not by others. Make sure that your plans are in line with what God wants for you. Then and only then, will you be able to make an accurate measurement of where you are!
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