Daily Devotion for July 17

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What have you done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
– Genesis 3:12-13

There are three main excuses people give for not keeping a budget:

1) People are afraid of what they’ll find out about their spending habits. Some will find they’re spending so much money eating out, they could actually make a mortgage payment.

2) Some think a budget is too restrictive. They want to be free to spend their money the way they want to spend it. They think they’ll never be able to have fun. How much fun is it to have overdue bills and bill collectors calling you?

3) Budgets have been used as a paper club to beat people, such as your spouse, to shame them for making the smallest mistake in the budget or for spending money where they shouldn’t.

Ditch the excuses, create a budget and stick to it.

Holy Spirit, help me to face me and stop making excuses.

Further Reading
  • 1 Chronicles 24:1-26:11
  • Romans 4:1-12
  • Psalm 13:1-6
  • Proverbs 19:15-16

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