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Who Will Benefit From Your New Year’s Resolutions?

by | Jan 3, 2019 | Something Personal

Like many of you, I’ve been tackling my 2019 goals and things I’d like to do in the New Year. Looking back to my 2018 goals, it was a mixed bag. The most disappointing was my weight loss goal. My goal was to lose 25 pounds last year. I gained 9!

But this year I’m taking a new approach to my goal-setting and invite you to do the same. Instead of my goals being me-focused, I’m trying to make them others-focused. Inspiring this change in thinking is a 2015 sermon series done by Northpoint Church’s pastor Andy Stanley, called Re:solution. Stanley asks a simple question: “What breaks your heart about the world around you?”

Nehemiah’s Holy Discontentment

Stanley preaches this series out of the book of Nehemiah in the Old Testament of the Bible. In fact, this is the third sermon series I’ve heard in the past year preached out of this book. I’m not going to go over the entire book, but want to set the scene by including the first few verses out of Nehemiah:

The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah. Now it happened in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Susa the citadel, that Hanani, one of my brothers, came with certain men from Judah. And I asked them concerning the Jews who escaped, who had survived the exile, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.” As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.” Nehemiah 1:1-4 ESV

Israel had rebelled against God and their city of Jerusalem was in ruins. Nehemiah heard the report about Jerusalem, and it greatly troubled him to the point that he decided to do something about it. The rest of the book of Nehemiah talks about how he courageously took it upon himself to help Jerusalem. His goal: rebuild the walls and the gates of the city. To do this, he needed to inspire others to his cause, which he did. The walls got rebuilt.

Circling back to Stanley’s question: “What breaks your heart?” we see that what broke Nehemiah’s heart was the desolate state of his people. Pastor Darren Whitehead of Nashville’s Church of the City termed Nehemiah’s actions as his “Holy discontentment.” Instead of wringing his hands about the problem, Nehemiah decided to do something about it.

Your 2019 Goals: What Breaks YOUR Heart?

What’s going on in the world around you that bothers you? Think about it. What are some things that you encounter in your everyday life that bother you? What issues do you think about a lot and wish someone would do something to fix them?

If you’re a Christian, consider that God Himself may have placed those feelings into your heart. Has He placed a burden on your heart to help out the kid’s ministry at church? Are there people in your community that are in need of basic necessities such as food, clothing, or school supplies? Trust me, there’s need all around us if our eyes are open to see it.

I’ll even take it a step further for my brothers and sisters in Christ: we are CALLED to serve others. By serving others, we shine the light of Christ into our communities. Galatians 5:13 reads [emphasis mine]:

For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.

The world needs people like you who have the courage to stand up and say, “Enough!” just as Nehemiah did about the state of Jerusalem’s walls.

Regardless of what your beliefs are, what can you do to effect change in the world around you? How many lives hang in the balance of your decision whether to set others-focused goals this year? Those issues that stick in your craw as you think about them: you can be the catalyst for real change in people’s lives!

My Holy Discontentment: People trapped by money

As I’ve prayed over my goals for 2019, there are two key things that break my heart as it relates to my line of work as a financial advisor.

  1. Seeing people struggle with money: Living paycheck-to-paycheck. Swimming in debt. Suffering through strained marriages because of money issues.
  2. Seeing people idolize money: Believing that more money = more happiness and that accumulation of “more” is the goal of life.

It grieves my heart to see people trapped by money. People become trapped because they don’t know how to manage their money or they don’t know how they could live without it. In both cases, there is constant stress and strain on everyday life that makes life unenjoyable.

My goal is to be the person that effects real, positive change into the lives of the people I work with. Many financial advisors want your money so they can earn their fee and move on to the next prospect. I hate that about my industry. I want my business – Honey Lake Advisors – to help blaze a new course for the financial industry, where clients are treated fairly and get real value out of working with an advisor.

That’s MY Holy Discontentment.

If you struggle with money, please reach out!

If you fall into either one of these camps, I plead with you to summon up some courage and reach out to me. My calendar is open and I’m here to serve and educate you on the value of financial planning.

I know, I know. The thought of reaching out to a financial advisor can be intimidating. You might simply distrust the industry and don’t want to even open that door.

If you feel that way, I’m asking you to lay those feelings aside and just listen to what I have to say. I know a lot of families struggle with money – I see it all the time. And I know I can help them. There’s no obligation from sitting down with me for an hour and talking about how I can help you.

My goal with Honey Lake Advisors is to make a difference in people’s lives. To see marriages transformed and to see families empowered by a bright future they’ve diligently planned for. Let’s begin a discussion today about how I can serve you and your family in 2019 and beyond.

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