In his book “Ask It,” Andy Stanley focuses on one specific question that if applied to your life correctly will help you make better decisions. While the book includes numerous examples of real life experiences, it’s also rooted in biblical principles.
The main question is simple, yet powerful and revolutionary. Applying it to your life can help you avoid pitfalls such as financial turmoil, broken relationships, addictions, and more.
The question derives from a scripture found in the book of Ephesians in chapter 5:15-17:
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
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No matter who you are, money can either be a blessing or a curse depending on how you manage it. As a young college graduate in my mid-twenties, I am now realizing how little I know about money.
Plus, I have student loans to pay back and a wedding coming up soon. This gives me even more reason to stay on top of my finances.
A friend of mine recommended I read “Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey, a book written to help people stay financially fit by following proven steps that have worked for thousands of people around the world.
The good news? This book is not a “get rich quick” type of book. In fact, there is no such thing as “get rich quick,” especially if you want to earn money while still maintaining your integrity. Ramsey teaches about money by using biblical principles, examples from personal experience, and tips learned from studying the habits of wealthy people.
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Questions a people pleaser should ask themselves
People pleasing is one of those things I’ve struggled with for most of my life, but recently I’ve been more aware of its effects. I’m also learning that this tendency could have developed from past experiences in my life.
For example, I never felt good enough for my dad. He is gifted at math and physics while I am not, which made me feel like I couldn’t live up to his expectations for me, especially when it came to academics. I felt criticized. And even when I did something well, I didn’t receive that masculine, fatherly affirmation that I desperately needed as an infant and as an adolescent. However, I don’t want to place all the blame on my father for my people pleasing tendencies. I must also take ownership of my own actions and behaviours even if my upbringing did play a part in this struggle.
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