If you don’t believe in God, where do you draw power from?
I have been reading a ton of Financial related blogs recently because of my recent Debt Management Plan and my membership into the awesome Yakezie personal finance bloggers group. I like being Frugal but I want the frugality to help me save and get a steady pot of cash behind me. I don’t want frugality to just help me survive.
In reading all these awesome blogs one thing that I have noticed is that many people who are successful with their savings goals, paying off debt and general sound finance give praise to God. There are a LOT of Christian Personal Finance bloggers out there. Finding strength in God is an awesome thing and I can only imagine the power it can bring…. Obviously finding only hope in God could be detrimental to your finances but the vast majority of people I read seem to be drawing the power from their religion to help them stick to their frugal ways and I respect that very very much…. On the subject of hope and finances, check out this awesome post by one of my fave bloggers: Hope Will Not Get You Out Of Debt.
Sadly I don’t directly believe in a God. I can’t draw strength from such a source. I am sitting in the undecided camp not sure if some form of a god exists or if the world is made of pure science…. Either way I don’t really care, I love and loathe the world in equal measures but am definitely happy to be alive, no matter how I came to be.
But the “not knowing” aspect means that drawing strength from a higher source to stick to my plan, get my debt paid, start saving etc etc is not quite as easy. So where can those of us not using the power of God draw inspiration and positive energy from?
Our Family and Friends
Some members of this cohort are actually responsible for the vast majority of my debt so it’s hard to draw direct inspiration. However the general support I get from many of these close people help me to keep on track and aim for bigger and better. I also draw an immense amount of power from my wonderful partner. I wouldn’t be on the right path without her.
Owning up to debt is the first step, like many addictions debt is the result of a habit of spending in most cases. Finally realizing we have a genuine debt can be a source of power. When I added up my debts and wrote the figure down in-front of me it gave me the kick in the arse I really needed…. The nasty dark number written big on a piece of paper was enough to make me change. Don’t hide from it!
You may not be in debt, you may actually have savings. If you do then do the same as I suggested with the debt. Write that number in a big happy color on a piece of paper! Enjoy the number and think of how much freedom it affords you. If you hate your job, change it, if you need a break with the family do it! But remember the bigger you make this number the more power it will give you to do the things you want to do.
This is actually the main point of this post, so thanks if you got this far. There are a million things out there beyond the obvious I pointed out above. However my biggest source of knowledge and power to move on in the right direction with my finance and frugality has come from other personal finance and frugal bloggers. Networking with Yakezie and just general surfing through recommendations has put me in a much stronger position than ever before. Much of my energy and enthusiasm actually comes indirectly from a God that I don’t necessarily believe in! The energy God brings to the Christian and Religious PF Bloggers works it’s way through to me. I thank God indirectly for powering these people to write great content and motivate others around them.
Some Awesome Motivational Christian PF Blogs:
Where do you draw support and power from?
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