Encore Post: The importance of the first step

More Money Than Month is taking a little vacation for a few days but so as not leave you empty-handed, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorites from the past couple years.   Many years ago I had to have some fairly major surgery and spent several days in the hospital. I […]

4 lessons we can learn as we reflect on Memorial Day

Yesterday, for those of us in the United States, we celebrated Memorial Day. It is often a day for family and cookouts as we unofficially kick off the beginning of another summer. More importantly, it a day when we remember the sacrifice that so many brave men and women have made through the years to […]

Why failure doesn’t define our identity (and success doesn’t either)

Fear says your identity is at stake if you fail. It’s not. Your identity is set. Failure or success will not determine it. – Jon Acuff Imagine the scene. You are at a large party with a few friends as well as a lot of people you don’t know. You introduce yourself to the person […]

6 Great gift ideas for the graduate

May and June means we are entering graduation season as young people are completing one phase of their life and moving on to a new and exciting chapter. I believe one of the most important keys to having a successful life is to commit to being a life long learner. Your need for education doesn’t […]

The moving target of contentment

“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” – Socrates I believe one of the keys to financial success is contentment, but one of the problems with contentment is that it can be a bit of a moving target. No matter what your […]

4 Reasons we sabotage our ability to succeed

In the 5th chapter of John, the apostle relates an interesting story about Jesus. In short, as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem for one of the many Jewish festivals, he passed the pool of Bethesda. The ancient Jewish tradition said that occasionally an angel would stir the waters here and when that happened the […]

The reason we fail to change and how you can make a lasting change

We just passed New Years Day which among other things is famous for New Years Resolutions. There is something about the start of a new year that naturally leads us to reflect on what we would like to change in our life. Lose a few pounds. Start to exercise. Read our Bible more. Get control […]

Why winning the lottery might be a bad thing – and it isn’t why you think

When there is no feeling of accomplishment, children fail to develop properly and old people rapidly decline. – Joesph Witney Many times we fantasize about what we would do if we were to win the lottery, or get a large inheritance from our long forgotten uncle, or some other big financial windfall. We day dream […]

Finding contentment in the little blessings of life

“Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.” – Pearl S. Buck Several years ago our van was backed into while we were having supper at a local fast food restaurant. The damage was mostly cosmetic, but as with any body damage the amount of work needed to repair it […]

Why many people fail to change their financial behaviors

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7a (NKJV) Almost all of us have some area of life where we wish things were a little different. For many, finances would rank at the top of that list. We wish had more income, more savings, fewer bills, etc. Occasionally, we might even […]