So, Graham and I have joined the ranks of those committed to sit week by week in a cold classroom and watch a guy on a video tell us how to handle our money. And love it.
That’s right, we’re enrolled in Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University this semester at our church. Each week, I rush home from work, scarf down some dinner and we bolt out the door to make it in time for the “ladies and gentlemen…Dave Ramsey!!” video opener that plays each week. It’s stressful getting there. It’s a little stressful being there. And it makes for a long night with a lot of awkward conversation with people we don’t know all that well.
But we go every week anyway.
Because for the first time in our little youngest in the family, don’t care about money, never balanced a checkbook lives…we’re becoming aware of our finances. Surprisingly, that’s a really good feeling.
The rather annoying tag line Dave (my husband hates that I refer to him by his first name…) says all the time is “Live like no one else so you can LIVE like no one else…and GIVE Like no one else.” Silly. Repetitive. And true. The thing is we already feel like we’re living like no one else- we’re in seminary- Graham’s a student, I work at a church- not exactly the recipe for success (more like the recipe for a life time of hand me towns and couponsJ). But even within that, we’re learning to say no to things now so we can say yes to them later. Or even better- saying no to things now so we’re in a position to say yes to Lord.
So all that to say- we’re learning a lot. We have our first budget (gasp!!! Budget?!)- oh yeah. And we’re even trying the mystical envelope system. I’ll let you know how it all goes.
As always, we covet your prayers that we would be found faithful in the small things so he’d count us ready for the big things.