Are there days when you want to throw your financial plan out the window? You follow all of the money saving tips and ideas like saving up and paying cash instead of going into debt but your finances still frustrate you? Well, my friend, you’re not alone and it is my hope to encourage you in your trek to financial freedom.
I love Dave Ramsey’s saying, “Live like no one else so that later you can live like no one else.” If I’ve heard it one time, I’ve heard it a thousand times!
And while I’ve been pounding this mantra into my own head for as long as I can remember, there are still days when I don’t want to live like no one else.
Like many of you, I have projects around the house that I’d love to get done. There are luxuries that I’d love to buy. There are days when I’d love to walk into the grocery store and not have to think about how much things cost, fill my buggy with whatever my heart desires and not think twice about it. Can anyone else relate or is it just me?
Some days it feels like Trent and I have been working on our goals forever. They seem so far out of reach and it feels like we’re never going to get there.
And so, I throw myself a pity party.
Now, I know you’ve thrown yourself a pity party before. Maybe it wasn’t a financial pity party, but I’m sure you’ve thrown yourself some type of pity party!
I think it’s totally normal to occasionally throw yourself a pity party. We’re not going to walk through life living on top of the world. We’re going to have rough days. The important thing to remember is what we choose to do after the pity party. You see, if we throw ourselves a pity party and then go out and spend money that we don’t have, we’re just shooting ourselves in the foot. But, if we throw ourselves a pity party and then pull up our big girl panties and continue the task that we started, we’re much better for it and we’ll eventually reap the rewards of our hard work!
When I have those days I can’t help but think back and remember how far God’s brought me!
There was a time when I didn’t know how I was going to pay the bills, and now I’m getting upset because I feel stuck on reaching my goal (that’s a want and not a need). There was a time when I went grocery shopping and couldn’t get everything in my cart or on my list because I didn’t have the money that week, and now I’m getting upset because I can’t buy anything I want at the grocery store. How selfish of me! How completely selfish of me!
God was faithful to provide! He’s always been faithful, and He’ll continue to be faithful! (And that’s not just with our finances.)
The days of not wanting to continue with the hard work that we started in our finances are going to come, but it’s how we handle them that affect us in the long-run.
The next time you throw yourself a pity party (and I’m talking to myself here too), remember where you’ve come from, remember the hard financial times you’ve walked through, and remember how faithful God is!
I’m not going to ask if you’ve thrown yourself a pity party, but I will ask what financial goal you’re working towards!