Lookoutlady’s Marsh

October 16, 2008, 10:43 am
Filed under: church, economy, Life



As Christians we are to be “anxious about nothing”, fear is what lots of folks are feeling with the markets tanking and decreased means to pay off debt(car loans, education loans not to mention credit card and house debt). I have seen more folks paying for things out of envelopes containing cash(Dave Ramsey Finicial Peace Unv.) in the past couple of weeks. Our gov’t. and Wall Street need to heed the lessons.

As a Methodist I have started reading some of what John Wesley wrote and even in todays post modern times, what he said is so revelvant:

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism said the following about money
“We ought to gain all we can gain but this it is certain we ought not to do; we ought not to gain money at the expense of life, nor at the expense of our health. “”Having, First, gained all you can, and, Secondly saved all you can, Then ‘give all you can.'”He said the purpose of earning and saving is giving and that you should then give to the following:
“First you should give to yourself–food, clothes, shelter–what moderate living requires. Second, you should give to your family and employees providing for their needs. Third, if there is still money left, you should give to the household of faith–other Christians. Fourth, you should give to all men in need.”
This is what he thought it meant to “lay up” treasure and reasons to set aside money:
To pay your debts for this is right.
To provide yourself the necessities of life.
To provide for your family is your duty.
Necessary investment to carry on business.
“When I have money, I get rid of it quickly, lest it find a way into my heart.”

What more needs to be said?