The first decision to make when you embark on a journey to financial wellness is summed up in James 1:22: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
Throughout this journey, you will be presented with valuable, Biblical instruction on how to improve your financial well being. You must then decide what you will do with that instruction.
Many, many people know they need help financially but they don’t take steps to get help. They keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different results, which is a viable definition of insanity. But not you. You’re here. You’re willing to seek help.
But if doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of insanity, knowing what to do and then not doing it is one of the definitions of….what? Well, according to James 4:17, it is an ugly word we don’t like to hear, especially about ourselves. It is S-I-N, sin! “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
You’re going to hear some uncomfortable things in this journey. Some things you may not agree with. New things you may not have ever thought of before. Things that will go against the grain and propel you waaaaay out of your comfort zone.
What will you do with what you hear? Will you hear, and leave it at that, deceiving yourself as James 1:22 says? Or will you be a doer of what you hear? When we hear information but take no action, we deceive ourselves into thinking we’re wise because of theoretical knowledge. But we aren’t wise until we put the knowledge to practice.
Decide now that you will take action. Ask God for the faith to be a doer of the word and not a hearer only.