Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wealthy Wednesday

...Until I can think of a better title, haha.

Alright, seriously. Something is going on around here. My youngest daughter is like a different kid this morning, and I want to know where my baby went! I can't put my finger on just what it is. But she's walking differently. Holding herself differently. She even sounds a little different. Ugh, I can't explain it. She just seems bigger.

And she waved at Mickey Mouse on the TV a few minutes ago and said, "Hi!" <-- She's never done such things. And then, when I took her picture, she said, "Cheese!" She's never said such things.

Okay, don't freak out. Breathe, Adrien. Gracie the big girl. It's going to take me a bit to get used to that, but I think I can handle it. I think.

So last night was our first Financial Peace University class, and I had a super swell time. :) It's hard to explain, because it sounds really nerdy, but learning about how money works is actually really fun. Especially if you have the right group to learn and discuss things with. And I love our group!

It's going to be really hard for Wednesday morning to roll around and NOT share something that I took away from the night before. I've been talking about FPU since I began this blog, but this is the first time I've actually gone through it while blogging. So of course I can't pass up the opportunity to share some of my favorite points as we're learning them.

There is so much information packed into every single lesson, so I've decided to share just one point that hit home with me every Wednesday. I'll tell ya what Mr. Ramsey said and then what I think about it. :)

FPU Lesson of the Week: "Super Savers"

One of my favorite points that Dave makes in the first financial peace lesson is that money is amoral. In our society there is this preconceived notion that wealth is something snobby or evil. But the truth is that money is kind of like a brick. A brick can be used to smash through a window, OR it can be used to build a hospital. It all depends on the person whose hands the brick is in. The brick itself doesn't care what it's used for. It's simply a brick. It has no feelings, and it has no morals. The same is true with money. Wealth can be used for good, and it can be used for evil. But the money itself does not cause the good or bad. It's the person's heart that's using it that determines it's purpose.

My personal thoughts on this point: I think money gets a bad rep, because we often see the flashy, show-offy, self-indulgent side of wealth. There are a lot of rich people who want you to KNOW that they are rich. And the squeaky wheel gets the most attention. However, there are just as many wonderful "wealthy" folks who are doing wonderful things with their money. The difference is, they donate their resources quietly - often anonymously, and so you don't hear about their efforts nearly as often. They're also living in normal homes, driving normal cars, and living normal lives. You never know if you have a Millionaire Next Door. ;)

Moral of this story: It isn't wrong to build wealth. It isn't greedy or evil to be a good manager of your personal finances. It's wise. Taking care of yourself, your family, and your neighbors is a lot easier to do when you have the resources to do it. The End.

And that's it! Short and sweet! Man, there are so many other things I could talk you ear off about today, but I won't do it. Haha. I've vowed to share one point and move on. So that's what I'm gonna do!


I'm going to have to skip the ABC Blog Challenge today, because I'm stuck on what to do! I need to think on the next one a little bit. So I hope you have a great day, pals.

Oh my. Evie is having a tea party with her dolls, and I'm about to get in on that action. :)

Okay. Bye.


Melissa W. said...

Thanks for sharing!!

I'm looking forward to next week already!

Heather said...

Bummin that I missed out :(

Adrien said...

Missed you, Heather! I was thinking about you last night!

Heather said...

Awww...that's good to hear!


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