Radical Wisdom from a Young Dad

October 17, 2013

The only thing certain about our financial lives is uncertainty. Scripture told me long ago that we are just temporary stewards of what God has entrusted us with, but the journey for me to embrace this truth has taken years.

How do you balance what Acts 20:35 says – In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’ – while trying to put my own family in a position where we are financially secure and prepared for the unknown?

I’m a new father with a three year old daughter and another baby girl on the way (very soon)! I can’t help but wonder what lies ahead for my children, and what I can do to help them.

My goals used to be straightforward: I wanted to buy them their first vehicle (a safe one, like a tank!), pay for their education and help them buy their first home. And while I am saving specifically for each of these goals, I’m realizing more and more that if my girls are not part of this saving process, I may miss my mark. My wife and I want to be the parents described in Proverbs 22:6 – Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

More than success, I pray my girls are happy and leading the life the Lord intends. I want them to be content, good stewards and sacrificial givers.

The world is telling us to spend recklessly, get what we want now and to worry only about ourselves. It’s a radical idea to be steady plodders, to live within our means and to give to others joyfully. My sincere hope for my daughters is that they embrace this much earlier than I did, and I know it’s on me to impart that.

I’m still learning, still evolving and hopefully maturing in faith. May your children and mine know Christ’s love and the peace that comes with it.

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