When I think of being intentional, one of the first things I think about are finances. And the first step toward being intentional about finances is to have financial goals, both short and long-term. I recently heard two comments from Mark Driscoll that hit me hard.
"Our budget indicates our heart. You can learn a lot about a person by looking at how they spend their money."
"Your wallet reveals your priorities."
What do I want people to see when they look at me? What impression am I giving off about myself, my family, my priorities? I didn't like the answer that I had to admit to myself, and I knew it was time to make some changes.
While I could have created long lists for each, I really focused in on keeping it to three each. I wanted to truly be intentional about what it is I am working toward, rather than just rattle off a long lists of "wants."
Long Term (1+ years):
Pay off student loans
Finish house remodel, inside and out
Baby (infertility treatments / adoption)
Short Term (less than 1 year):
Make (and live by!) a zero-based budget
No credit cards for Christmas
Have you been intentional about prioritizing your goals?
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