570 – 655 – 2016-08-16
I have obsessively planned and budgeted since I got out of high school. I budget for regular income and expenses. I have 39 line items and 7 tabs in my spreadsheet. I have a 5 year forecast which is just complete nonsense. I have our savings broken out into like 10 subcategories so I know where every dollar is going to go. I can’t wait for a road trip so I can budget for gas and meals. I think it’s good that I do those things. It definitely helps keep our spending in line. Maybe the intrinsic reward of meeting a goal is partly why I do it.
But once thing I’ve learned slowly is that too much of doing what I do hampers our ability to see what God’s done for us and how good he had been to us. Once you realize that whether you have $10 left over at the end of the month or $1,000, or you lost $100, that God has met your immediate need. And if he does that, why think he won’t in the future?