I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High. - Psalm 9:1-2 NLT
Budgets . . . ugh. My wife Lisa and I budget our money. We have two kids in college. We don’t pay for all of it, but we help. We can only do this if we budget. Oh, one more thing. We don’t like to budget.
In the past, the budgeting approach that’s worked for us is the Dave Ramsey cash/envelope system. But using those envelopes is about as much fun as cleaning the gutters (sorry, Dave). When you fill the car with gas, you can’t pay cash at the pump. Forget online shopping. Hey Amazon, can you break a $20?
This time we wanted a new way, and we found it. There’s an app that combines the cash/envelope system with the smartphone called “Goodbudget.” It’s a “virtual envelope” system. It makes sense to us, and we use it. Does it make budgeting fun? Well, let’s not go overboard, but it works for us. (I bet right now some of you are curious about “Goodbudget.” Maybe you’ve stopped reading this and are looking at it. I’ll wait . . . .)
If you asked me technical questions about the app, I probably wouldn’t know the answer. We don’t use all the features. I’m not an expert, so I’d refer you to their website. All I can tell you is it works for us. It keeps us on a budget, so we have money for our priorities.
And that’s the easiest way to talk about Jesus. . . . Huh?
Tell people about the difference He’s made in your life. If they ask questions you don’t know, no big deal. Refer them to a knowledgeable source you trust. However, if you stick to your story with Jesus, you’ll never be stumped. No one can argue with you. Your story is your story. Your story has power. And that’s the easiest way.
One-Year Bible Reading
1 Samuel 17:1-18:4