I feel that it is time that I chimed in on the current financial crisis that is gripping the world. I think that I am not alone in my concern about the future and while I have not been directly affected at this point sometimes not knowing is as bad as something actually happening. Hopefully my personal experience in dealing with this will help others that may be struggling during this time.
The Last Financial Crisis
Before tackling the current financial crisis let’s look at the one that just happened seven short years ago. Back in 2001 it was the golden age of the internet. Billion dollar valuations of companies grew on trees and we were all going to be millionaires by 25 and retire billionaires by 30. It was a time of extravagance and money flowed freely.
During this time I was a couple of year into my Christianity and was newly married. I had gotten it into my head that God wanted to bless me and thought that these blessing were flowing through credit. I had gone wild and bought anything and everything that they would let me buy on credit including a house. Three weeks after buying the house I was laid off from my job due to the economy. I hadn’t even made the first payment on the house.
For the next 2 years my wife and I struggled along as she worked full time and I tried to start/run a business in the technology field. After 2 years we were stripped of just about everything (including the house) and found ourselves renting from her dad once again. I struggled another couple of years with the business until we started having kids. A couple of events happened and I found myself hitting rock bottom.
The Turning Point
The turning point for me was when I got into a business financial dispute with a really good friend that cost me our friendship. I remember sitting in my car with my wife looking at her knowing that if I didn’t change things that I could very well lose her next. It was at that point that I decided to quit the business and go get a job and try to take care of my family the way that a real man of God should. Continue reading Christian Perspective on the Financial Crisis→
I was just looking over the page rank of all on my sites and pulled this one up to check it also. I saw that the last post was about the Media Ministry which told me that I haven’t posted here in a while. In fact it has been about 7 months to be more exact.
Well here is a nice list of updates of what I have been doing the last 7 months:
I quit the Media Ministry. I went to one training session and knew it was not time to get involved.
I quit school. Was not the time either. I was not spending as much time with my family as I wanted. Also it was very expensive verses the return.
Started making some good, steady, money from blogging which helped our cash flow.
In addition to the blogging I got a steady side part-time job doing web design.
In addition to that I have had more side web design projects then I have wanted (OK, I wanted them).
Prayed for the last 5 months about buying a bigger house and finally put the deposit down this past weekend on it.
Have been pretty steady in going to church during that time.
Had a “Connection” with my pastor. No, I have not met him but he said a couple of things in a service that I felt spiritually connected me to him/the church.
Joined a “Connection Group” from the church. Went to the first and only meeting so far. It was cool. Really nice people.
Feel like I am closer to God then ever. I am led more by His peace then ever before in my life. I am comfortable with not moving (if at all) until He tells me it is time to move.
That’s it. 7 months wrapped up in a 10 point list.
The last 7 months have been good and I really feel that God has been working on my character during that time. The biggest area that He has been working on me has been managing my time between being a good Christian/husband/father/son/employee/business owner. It can be challenging, some days are better then others, but I am here and still kicking.
I am not making any promises on when the next post will be or frequency of posts. I am still alive though and throw something up here when the spirit moves me.
My wife and I attended our church’s membership class a few weeks back since we had decided that we were going to start getting involved in the ministry. She had decided that she was going to work with the kids and I was going to get involved with the music/video production ministries. After attending the class we both emailed the respective Pastors for each ministry.
My wife received her response first and was set to attend a orientation meeting to get acquainted with how they do things. I got a call a couple of days later and was encouraged to come to the next Praise and Worship practice to meet the team.
As I have mentioned I have had some issues at work with interaction with some people. I understand their frustration as they rely on me to provide them tools to do their job. What I have had a difficult time understanding is why the get so upset when they have better tools now then before I came along.
This all came to a head a couple of weeks back when my boss and I got blamed for them not being able to do their job properly. My boss got pulled into a meeting with the CEO and a couple of VP’s to find out why we (I) was lagging (at least in their opinion). Continue reading Stand Still and See the Salvation of the Lord→
Sometimes you really do not know how much you are truly blessed and sometimes God will give you a glimpse of the degree of blessing that is on your life. This happened to me recently.
I got a email from a job site that I used while looking for the job that I presently have. Their announcement was that they had just added a salary search function to their site that gives you the average salary for a position in any geographic area that you choose. I was interested to see how I stacked up in the position that I was in. Continue reading God’s Blessings can be Humbling→
The wife and I made it to church last weekend and were feeling pretty good about ourselves. We had a renewal to go to church and were even beginning to consciously look for direction to God.
In last week’s service they announced the first of a few classes to become members of the church and eventually serve in a ministry within the church. Feeling good we signed up for class that was supposed to be this past Sunday.
My wife picked me up for lunch today and she had my son in the car with her. He was asleep since it was the normal time for him to take a nap.
We decided to get some drive through and eat in the car so he could get his rest. After about 45 minutes my wife dropped me off and he was still asleep.
As I was walking back to my office I thought how that is the way that we are with God sometimes. I mean there I was sitting right next to my son for about an hour and he never even knew I was there. How many time are we unaware of God sitting right next us because we are spiritually asleep.