I have been prodded by a friend and work colleague Todd to read The Total Money Makeover. He went so far as to order the book for me. So I had to put it at the top of my Spring Reading list even putting aside what I had currently been reading.
After reading the book I journaled about some of the potential changes we as a family need to make regarding our finances. I am still praying and processing these through and will hopefully share them in a future post.
For now I want to share what I found to be the most meaningful and challenging thought which, ironically, had nothing to do with money. It speaks to the importance of self leading in all areas of our life and it also speaks to the notion that when someone is successful in an area of their life and it looks easy for them -- it has come as a result of a lot of hard work and discipline.
"We read about marriage, we go to marriage retreat weekends, we date weekly, we sometimes take a Sunday school class on marriage, and we meet once in a while with a friend who is a Christian marriage counselor. Do we do all these things because our marriage is weak? No we do all these things to make our marriage great. We have a great marriage because we work at it, make it a priority, and seek knowledge on marriage. Great marriages don't just happen." (p. 80)