As February approaches, many television networks are gearing up to air day-long marathons of the movie Groundhog Day. This cult classic documents the lead character, played by Bill Murray, as he wakes up to find that the previous day is repeating itself, over and over again, and he must correct his mistakes to push through to the next day.
Unfortunately, in the real world, we are not quite as lucky as Bill Murray. We do not get a chance to go back in time and correct our mistakes; rather, they may stay with us for months or even years to come. Many of us know that some habits are extremely difficult to drop, especially when it comes to being a consumer. It is far too easy to spend on the latest tech gadgets, stunning clothes, lunches at restaurants and daily trips to the high priced coffee shop only to ultimately find ourselves in debt. This repeated wastefulness not only leaves us in a tight spot financially, it can also harm the ones around us.
The consumer mindset of the American culture perpetuates the desire to spend more and save less. But when we look past that lifestyle and understand God’s call for us to be financial stewards, we will become rich beyond our wildest dreams in many more ways than financially.
There are so many resources available for us to understand how to manage our finances according to God’s will–in fact, there are over 2,500 Bible verses on material possessions and finances alone! We have received knowledge of the truth, so there is no need to continue living in debt. The Bible says this of repeating our sins: “If we sin deliberately after receiving knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment and a flaming fire that is going to consume the adversaries.” (Hebrews 10:26-27)
Those who plan their finances according to God’s will are free from the constraints of debt, able to provide for themselves and their families, and available to deepen their connections with God.
This month, plan your finances as God calls you to do. Compass Catholic provides unique Catholic money management perspectives on debt and financial management. You’ll find that Groundhog Day will come and go easily–with no mistakes repeating day after day.