I recently finished my first Dave Ramsey book. I picked it up because I felt a shift in how I was to be responsible and manage my money. I’ve always been pretty responsible, but I know there is more that I can do. So I picked up the book to learn from one of the greats.
In the church, money is such a sour topic. When someone talks about tithing, you often feel the intensity and stress level increase. It’s pretty wild.
Ever since I can remember, my Father has been passionate about resources. He is always saying that everything he has is a gift. And a gift to be used for good. This has been so drilled into me, and I’m so thankful for that.
Money gives power to good intentions.Dave Ramsey, Total Money Makeover
…wealth will make you more of what you are… If you are a jerk and you become wealthy, you will be king of the jerks. If you are generous and you become wealthy, you will be most generous.Dave Ramsey, Total Money Makeover
This next one I learned from my Dad.
The love of money, not money, is the root of all kinds of evil.Dave Ramsey, Total Money Makeover
These quotes get me fired up. It drives me to build wealth. Not only for my family and friends, but for my community, my country, and even the world.
As a Christian, there are so many money opinions out there. Some say it is un christ-like to be wealthy and be a Christian. There is another side that only talks about wealth (the prosperity gospel). Though I see where both are coming from, I believe these are two dangerous mindsets.
Dave has another quote, that I can’t seem to find, that goes something like:
If the good guys aren’t making the money, then the bad guys will
The Kingdom is a wealthy place. So if you are going to be a part of it, you might as well learn now. Right!?
Last night I was talking to a friend about Dave and he told me a story about how Dave bought a multi-million dollar house and how everyone was hating on him. I told him that I struggle with that too. My friend then tells me about a megachurch pastor, who sells tons of books, resources, etc, who is for sure wealthy, but still drives an old raggedy car and lives in a small house. The pastor was asked why and he responded that he does so to reach the younger generation. My friends point was this, know your calling.
Dave impacts tons of people around the world with financial advice. If he were to live in a shack, drive a crap car, would anyone listen to him? I wouldn’t. People listen to him because they know he is successful.
As Christians we are all called to prosper. (That doesn’t mean we are called to be selfish. I hope that is obvious… but you never know these days). We are called to be responsible with what God has given us. To use for the Kingdom. To bring Heaven to Earth. To spread love. To transform the world.
Our roles will look different. But I don’t think that means we can’t all be wealthy. What if we had a community, a whole generation of people who managed their money well. They invested well. And were then able to growth their wealth so that they could provide the resources to transform the world? How amazing would that be?
So amazing. So let’s do it.
You can read a more about Dave’s house here. It’s such an amazing story of him responding to the haters.