Stewardship Christians must live in two economies: 1) The world’s economy 2) God’s economyCan we be content?We all want to hear "Well done, good and faithful servant."Americans live in the wealthiest nation on earth — yet many families are ship-wrecked financially. Most families have no financial plan. People are so stressed-out financially that they have no freedom to serve the Lord. Money management is one of the most discussed subjects in the Bible. It is important to learn and act on God’s principles if we are to receive His blessings.Regardless of your economic status, these principles apply to you. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a novice investor, these principles will help guide you. Even during market turmoil or economic uncertainty, these principles work. As a starting point, here is a blueprint for financial planning from the Bible:Have a plan. “Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.” (Proverbs 21:5)Avoid debt. “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender's slave.” (Proverbs 22:7)Spend less than you earn. “The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.” (Proverbs 21:20)Save for the future. “Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.” (Proverbs 6:6-8)Diversify. “But divide your investments among many places, for you do not know what risks might lie ahead.” (Ecclesiastes 11:2)Exercise self-control. “…and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness.” (2 Peter 1:6)Focus. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:34) Focus your giving on building the Kingdom! In the heart of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us to focus on what is most important—eternal things. “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal.” (Matthew 6:20) In other words, “you can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.” Please look at Charitable Giving to see how you can leverage what you have for the benefit of others and leave a legacy of Christian values.For an initial consultation*, click here or call Summit Financial Networks, Inc. at 770-460-5771.*The initial consultation is at no cost.Treasure Principles: A Library of selected financial topics from the Bible:Avoiding a Cash Flow CrisisBeing ContentBlueprint for Financial PlanningChristian WillContentment: Real WealthCosigningCounselDebt Relief - The Real StoryEternal ConsequencesHow Much Is Enough?Insurance For ChristiansInvestment CyclesThe InvitationLeftoversPretendingPride and MoneyPriorities(The Easy Way or the Hard Way)RiskStorehouseTeach Your ChildrenTithing at Your DeathTreasure You Can KeepTwice LostVictory in Economic UncertaintyA Wasted LifeWealth: Danger -- Use Extreme Caution!What If (Why Do We Struggle With Stewardship?)Where Should I Give? The views are those of Bruce Olmstead and not those of Summit Brokerage Services. Investments in securities do not offer a fix rate of return. Principal, yield and/or share price will fluctuate with changes in market conditions and, when sold or redeemed, you may receive more or less than originally invested. No system or financial planning strategy can guarantee future results The charitable entities and/or fundraising opportunities described herein are not endorsed by or affiliated with Cetera Advisor Networks LLC or its affiliates. Our philanthropic interests are personal to us and are not reviewed, sponsored or approved by Cetera Advisor Networks LLC.