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Managing money God’s way

Managing money God’s way

SMART PHONE, FOOLISH CHRISTIAN

I have always dreamed of living a life free from financial struggles with all my needs perfectly met and at the same time use my money to the glory of God. Yes you probably may have dreamt of such too but truth is, many a times we all fall short; we are guilty of selfish living, we prefer to cat walk in our Louis Vuitton shoes rather than finance a helpless child through school, we are so concerned about our personal growth and development than that of our neighbour, we are quick to forget that we are blessed not just to feel or look blessed alone but also to be a blessing.

Some of us live by the motto “I have got it, I must spend it. If I want it, then I must have it. I suffered before getting it, so it’s for me alone.” Well while it’s not bad to satisfy the desires of our heart, it’s good to always remember to touch lives. If God blesses us, it’s not for ourselves only, it’s to be used for his glory. How much money you have really does not matter, what matters is honouring God with it in whatever you do. Here are a few practical tips.

  • Remembering God is your source: “And God is able to make all grace abound towards you; that ye, always having sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8) God is the source of anything in your life including your money, rest in knowing that every of your need he will surely supply.
  • Tithing: Yea we have heard this over and over again, but this is part of God’s commands (Malachi 3:10, Proverbs 3:9). Tithing is essential for our financial growth and it’s a major way of keeping God first in our lives.
  • Giving: Give and it shall be given unto you (Luke 6:38). We all know the story of Lazarus and the rich man in the bible (Luke 16:19-24), the problem wasn’t that he was rich, the problem was that he was selfish, greedy, and didn’t use his wealth to help others. He didn’t care for poor Lazarus. Giving is about making sacrifices for others and deferring ourselves of something’s so others can benefit from it (1Timothy 6:7).
  • Saving: “There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man spendeth it up.” (Proverbs 21:20) The Bible backs up saving and gives us principles on saving money (Proverbs 22:3, Proverbs 22:7, Psalm 37:21).
  • Contentment: Learn to live a simple life, live within your means, be content with what you have and you will enjoy the peace that comes with it (1Timothy 6:6-8). Your self worth is not based on how many things you can accumulate or people you can impress, it based on who He says you are.
How to turn your desire into a business venture

How to turn your desire into a business venture

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Your desire could be a “diamond in the rough” from which you can coin a business initiative. Here’s a little story to illustrate this.

“Tolu was in a foreign land and found it extremely difficult to adapt to their cuisines. She didn’t like calamari (squid) neither did she like marinated octopus. Although as compensation, there were grocery stores that sold the recipe for her Nigerian cuisines but there were no Nigerian eateries in her city. Now, many Nigerians in that city shared the same dilemma of having to eat calamari (squid) or cook a Nigerian cuisine which was almost impossible with their water tight schedule. Being the smart girl that Tolu is, she saw the possibility of not only meeting her own need by cooking for herself but also offered her services to friends who paid her to cook for their events and daily consumption.”

We live in a world where it’s easier to complain about a problem than actually take steps to resolve it. You can create something out of nothing. Don’t be held back by the thought that you need a lot of money in order to start. A majority of people who have a lot today started with little. The most important ingredient of your business is the idea, the dream, the desire. However, you do need a road map so as to get to your destination.

Below are a few pointers.

1. Have a dream or a desire

Every invention today was once a desire nursed in the mind of a human being like you and I. That desire is like a seed.

2. Do some research

This will equip you with options for the best route to your destination. It will provide answers to your  question marks as you go along. If it’s selling clothing accessories, furniture or even a brand find out where you would source your raw materials from and find out how you can stand out from the crowd.

3. Know your clientele

You need to be clear about whose needs you are meeting, whose problem you are looking to solve. How would you reach out to these people? It can be friends, school mates or even other businesses. Learn how to cater for your clients. People will forget what you said, but they would always remember how you made them feel.

4. Develop your X -factor

Most businesses today thrive better than others because they have capitalized on things that make them outstanding and exceptional. In a world where the market is saturated with a variety of the same services what makes you stand out? You need to learn what your strengths are and capitalize on them. It could be affordable prices, timely delivery service, quality and durable products, neat and well groomed service or great customer service. Be sure to develop something that is exceptional.

5. Be courageous

Envision this dream or desire as though it were an exciting adventure. Go for it with all courage knowing that God wants to see you take big steps in life.

6. Get a mentor 

Get a mentor and ask for help.  Study people that have walked the same part before you.

Written By

Esther Angonemi Ebimoghan

I like to think that there are opportunities everywhere so I can never be stranded. I am currently working on my bar exams alongside managing a business.

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