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Faith and financial goals: How we think impacts how we give

There is a close relationship between Christians’ faith goals and their personal financial goals. Financial goals can help accomplish faith goals if we are mindful to prioritize giving and serving others over accumulating too much.

Guarding our minds, being transformed and controlling our wealth are connected, and they’re essential to fulfilling the ideals of our faith.

Research shows that those who prioritize giving when making financial plans are the people who give the most. And they’re generally happier too. So, the first step to Christian financial planning might not be the discussion of things like savings and retirement (though those are important), but making a giving plan. Integrating your faith goals with your personal financial goals can bring an important balance to life. They can also help you guard against some negative thought patterns.

Regardless of denomination, most Christians share certain ideals. They spend time with God in prayer; they aspire to have physical involvement with their Church; they offer financial support when possible. Christians are in service to others, and they share their faith with others, Christians and non-Christian. A Christian’s ideals can be summarized in these five words: prayer, presence, gifts, service, and witness. These are five pillars of Christianity that are easy to talk about, yet take a lifetime to embody.

Read the full story at Christian Examiner.

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