Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about money through the lens of the Compass Map.
THE COMPASS—finances God’s way MAP™
The Compass—finances God’s way Map™ is the financial journey Bev and I have been on for more than thirty-five years. We had some assets when we started, but we were also on the hook for a mountain of debt. We had little savings, and we weren't generous givers.
Once we learned God’s way of handling money, we had a dream. We wanted to work toward what we call true financial freedom. In other words, we wanted to get completely out of debt – including our home mortgage – and be in a position where we didn't need to earn a salary to meet our income needs. We wanted to be able to live a modest lifestyle on the income from our savings, investments, and retirement. We wanted to be in a position to be able to volunteer part or all of our time to serve our church or a ministry without having to receive a wage.
As great as that goal sounded, it seemed totally unrealistic, and we had all kinds of questions. Where should we start? What should we do next? How could we stay motivated for so long?
We also knew this would take a loooooong time, but that by God’s grace it was possible. We were encouraged when we stumbled across the “steady plodding” principle. Proverbs 21:5 says, “Steady plodding brings prosperity” (TLB). The original Hebrew words for steady plodding picture a person filling a large barrel one handful at a time. Little by little the barrel is filled to overflowing.
We realized this was the way we could reach true financial freedom. We needed to have a plan with a series of small, achievable steps along the way. And we always needed to focus on accomplishing the next step on the journey no matter what challenges we faced. We lived what has become the Compass—finances God’s way Map™.
The map is easy to understand and follow a step-by-step guide that will help everyone regardless of their financial situation. You may not reach the final destination, but by God’s grace, you can make progress. And I have great news for you: Each destination along the way brings you greater financial freedom, stability, and even peace.
The map answers the two big financial questions – where am I, and what do I do next? The first step is to find out where you are.