“The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.” Proverbs 12:24 was a clear caution for the ancient Israelites and it’s just as true for us today. Like much of Proverbs, that verse is a lesson for handling our financial affairs. Managing money wisely requires good habits. Host Rob West explores how to do that with financial expert Howard Dayton.
- Howard Dayton offers his wisdom and explains his daily routine to exercise and eat healthy to stick to his disciplines.
- He goes for a 4 mile walk with his wife 6 days a week, and every other day he does 5 sets of 100 push ups for a total of 500 during the walk. Together, Howard and his wife enjoy eating healthy to stay on top of a healthy eating lifestyle.
- When talking about how long it took to get into these good habits, he says, “It all started to change when I was introduced to Jesus Christ as my savior way back in 1971. Before then, I was a lot less disciplined. And the more I’ve grown as a follower of Christ, the more disciplined I’ve become.
- Galatians 5:22-23 describes the “fruit of the Holy Spirit.” In other words, what characteristics we can experience and enjoy when we are submitted to God’s spirit and allowing Him to live His life through us. It says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control.
- So, submit to God’s Spirit and ask Him to live His life through you. Then develop a plan that you can follow. And for most of us, it helps is we have a buddy with whom you can work the plan together.
- In specific studies about habits, routines take at least 30 days to develop. And the longer it becomes part of your routine, the more likely you are to continue.
- Proverbs 21:5 “Steady plodding brings prosperity; hasty speculation brings poverty.” In other words, just be a consistent steady plodder. When you start walking – don’t try to run a marathon. When you start using a budget, just take it one day at a time until it becomes a habit.
Here are some questions we answered from our callers on this program:
- My daughter is expecting a child. She has some money that she would like to invest for her child. Where should she put it?
- My son and his wife have been married two years. He has just accepted a job. He is still under our health insurance, but his wife is going to turn 26 soon. The quote that they got for insurance for both of them was very high. What are their other options?
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