16 Oct What reduces financial intelligence.
The Songs of Solomon says “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards.”
💥Here, vine refers to business, so this is about the little foxes we must take away from our business, from our finances.
💥Some of those foxes:
🎯Instant Gratification: this is the fox that will keep you perpetually in debt.
💥Financially intelligent people will defer gratification, and be led to spend a fraction of his profits and invest the rest for the joy of tomorrow.
💥They prefer to endure the Cross today! We can’t spend everything; you can’t just do that!
🎯Living in denial: We do this a lot, especially in this part of the world.
💥When we say, “I am not interested in money; or money is not everything.” we are living in self-denial.
💥The Bible says: “Money answereth all things!” So, do you know more than the Bible?
💥Although we are warned not to worship money, we need it for our well-being and that of others; we even need it to spread the Gospel.
💥We can’t successfully take the Gospel all over the world if we don’t have money to get it done.
🎯The third fox is the blame game: blaming others and looking for excuses.
💥Eve started it from the beginning; when God asked her why they had eaten the forbidden fruit, she said “Ah, it is the serpent.”
💥Adam gave his own excuse. He said: ‘It is the woman that You gave to me.’
💥Blaming others and finding excuses is human nature but you must be conscious of this.
💥Blaming everyone for your inabilities and manufacturing excuses for your failures affect your financial intelligence
💥You are the captain of your own ship!
💥Like Douglas Copland said: “Blame is just a lazy fellow’s way of making sense of chaos.”
🎯We have to find a way of getting rid of the foxes that steal our financial intelligence.
– From a sermon by Udom Emmanuel, Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State @ the RCCG National Young Adult And Youth Affairs Virtual Convention 2020 (Sermon transcribed by the Discovery Media Crew)