A banner year, part 2By Randell Tiongson on January 5th, 2011
More than a flourishing advocacy, I am very thankful for many things. On a personal finance note, my wife and I went to a challenging transition this year as my wife finally hangs her entrepreneur hat to focus on home-schooling our boys and to be a full-fledged home maker. After 19 years of supporting me financially, we felt that we make the necessary changes in the family. It was not an easy transition for me and my wife (and our understanding children) but we made the necessary adjustments by watching our budgets closer, avoiding unnecessary expenditure, cutting some costs—all without sacrificing quality living. Despite this overwhelming change, my wife and I still decided to build on our kitty and be deliberate about it. My wife often reminds me to practice what I preach and experience has taught me to always listen to the wisdom of my wife.
2010 has been a wonderful year for me and my family largely because of one thing: obedience. More than in previous years, we decided to be more obedient in the commands of the Lord, and we opted to be better stewards. Despite the challenges, the Lord has blessed us with everything we need and even more. This year, we gave away more than we ever did and the blessings keep on coming. This year we can really prove the saying “the more you give, the more you receive” is really a gospel truth. Besides, what we have and what we own are not ours anyway, we are merely managers of the resources God has endowed us with.
Despite the challenges 2011 may bring like a bear market, more fiscal issues and reversals in the economy and the like, we do not worry anymore for we believe that there are no recessions in God’s economy. We are looking forward to an even better year in 2011 and so should you. Remember this: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” —Jeremiah 29:11, NIV.
A Happy New Year to all!