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Let your money play…

August 25, 2011

One of the most overlooked disciplines in my life, and probably in yours, is rest.  Life can be busy and overwhelming, and it’s easy to justify gutting it out or working through the pain or keep on keepin’ on or (insert your favorite persistence metaphor here).  But we weren’t created for a constant state of “GO.”  We were designed specifically for rest.

In the Old Testament, the Sabbath, or day of rest, was guarded dogmatically.  The rules about what you could and couldn’t do are too long to list, but intended to give us specific direction about the importance of rest.  God provided the ultimate example in creating the universe in 6 days, and resting on the 7th.

In terms of managing our finances, I believe the principle of rest can be applied.  You HAVE to make room for your money to play and relax.  Here are few ways we let our money play:

1.  VACATIONS ARE A BIG DEAL – It’s much easier to stay motivated and work hard in the short term if you know rest and play are right around the corner.  We talk about vacations, plan together, mark them on the calendar, and budget it for them.  We see vacation as an investment, not an expense.  Now, this is not a license to book the next trip to New Zealand if you’re drowning in credit card debt, but make reasonable efforts to let your money play a few times a year.

2.  BLOW MONEY – We budget a certain amount each month for us to spend on whatever we want, no questions asked.  Now, this amount will be determined by your budget and income, but always give yourself a little blow money – it will go a long way to keep on budget in the other areas.

3.  GUILT-FREE REST – Sometimes I take a nap because I’m lazy, and I always feel worse when I wake up.  Sometimes I take a nap because I’m tired, and I always feel better.  Your financial play are rest need to come as a result of the hard work.  In other words, work hard on keeping to your budget, work hard on saving for your future, work hard by being generous.  Then when your money plays, it will be guilt free.

Make sure your money works hard…and plays hard.

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