Disclaimer: This post is really for the guys. Of course, the gals can read it too.
There were three areas to focus on...
Doug was saying in this interview that if we want to build the wealth of our family, we need act like the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for our families. Many times, we are guilty of only thinking short term about our family's financial health. And this is only one of three areas that that the Family CFO should focus on.
The first was in the immediate or short term. As the family CFO, we have to make sure that our family has enough cash available for our basic needs.
The second was more long term: How do we invest today, to prepare for our eventual retirement?
The third area is the one that gets neglected the most, and that is "succession planning". How do we train the next generation to be able to be good stewards of the family assets when one generation passes on?
And I got to thinking...
Short Term Spiritual Goals
Long Term Spiritual Goals
So what about long term? How can we invest into our lives, and in the lives of our family over the long term, to ensure their spiritual growth.
Instinct would tell you to look after your children first right? But you are no good to them, if you're passed out in your chair. Spiritually speaking, it's the same: Men, how can we lead our families spiritually, when we have not got spiritual oxygen flowing? Can we be in the right place (buckled into our chairs) but passed out spiritually?
Don't ever stop and stagnate. Have a unsatisfied spirit. Note: I said unsatisfied, not dissatisfied. There is a difference. The dissatisfied spirit looks at what has happened in your life to date, and says "I'm not happy". The unsatisfied spirit is different. It looks at your life, and says "it's good, but it's not good enough... I can do better". We need to have our mind made up, that we are going to live for Jesus come hell or high water, and we are going to keep growing, keep developing, keep learning, keep following Jesus. This is donning the oxygen mask; and it leaves you in a great place for the final part, which is...
Spiritual Succession Planning
Men, that tells me we need to be intentional about training our children. It's been said you don't raise children, you raise chickens. You have to train children.
Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
If we can do all of this - then we can hand over to our kids a rich heritage and relationship with Jesus. No, your children won't make it to heaven on your coat tails. But by taking care of the immediate spiritual needs, thinking long term, and being intentional about training them: we can leave them in a much better state spiritually then they would be.
When you teach your son, you teach your son's son
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And as always, all comments are welcomed! What other ways can we invest into our families future? There is so much more we could have discussed, so what are your thoughts? How have you invested into your family's spiritual health?
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