“Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.”
Prov. 24:27 NIVUK

You have to live like no one else so that later on you can live like no one else! I love this advice from financial guru Dave Ramsey. There is a disciplined process to have financial peace. It doesn’t just happen by wishing you were rich or hitting the lottery.

We want the house and the car without putting in the work. People want the glory but they don’t won’t to put in the work to develop the story.

The writer of proverbs has three steps for us to get to a place of financial security.

  1. Work the fields. One of my blessings growing up was the fact that I grew up poor. Being broke made me rich! My mother literally told me that if I wanted something I had to go out in the tobacco fields to work with my uncle to get the money for it. It was such a rewarding feeling to get my $50 or $100 for working all week in the hot sun. I was able to purchase my school clothes at “ChessKing or TJ Max.” That work ethic would follow me throughout life. We have to do our outside work first. This might be securing jobs that don’t fall  into our purpose but put money in our pockets.
  2. Get your fields ready. This is the work we put in to get our fields ready for harvest.  This is where we intentionally develop our purpose. What field will you cultivate to sustain you for the rest of your life. For young people they have to figure out what field of study they will develop. Whether you go to college or stay home you have to cultivate a field. At the bare minimum you need to learn a trade. Everybody needs to cultivate a field.
  3. Then build a barn or house. It’s interesting that the accurate translation is barn not house. Barns are used as storehouses for your harvest until you take them to market. Houses are where we store things we collect. We need to think about building something that continues to bring us profit and not just comfort. We need something that will appreciate not depreciate. But we also need to keep God first and not be like the man who built bigger barns for his stuff but lost his soul. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? 

If we are going to be a boss we have to get out there and put the work in. You have to pay the cost to be the boss!

Dear God,

Help us to have a mindset to treat our first like our last and our last like our first. There is seedtime and harvest time. Thank you for giving me seed and the wisdom on when and where to plant my seed. Father I pray that you would help me to be fruitful and successful so that I can leave an inheritance for my children’s children. I pray that you would expand my territory, take away my pain, and bless me to be a blessing to others.

In Jesus’ Name,