Today, I read this from a young professional woman.
“In recent weeks I discussed the issue of finances with people around me. During a dinner with family, at work, and in a relaxed evening with friends, I asked a few questions, kept my ears open and noticed what people had to say.”
“First of all, I was amazed at the taboo hanging around the topic of money. It always a bit vague. Telling your salary is ‘not-done’, the state of your bank account is very private. We only tell others when we have made a bargain buy or bought a mega-expensive product.”
Why is talking about money such a taboo? It may very well be uncomfortable to discuss money with friends, loved ones, or your boss. But, what if talking about money could help you live a more emotionally rich life, and help you make better decisions?
What if it helped you better understanding your personal views on the core purpose of your personal finances? Or, would it be worth it just to understand why you avoid the taboo topic (and why it is taboo, anyway)?
We’re discouraged from talking about money at every turn, but if you want to fix your financial situation, talking about it is necessary. There are few things that can cause joy, shame, contentment, anxiety and stress the way that money does.
If your finances cause you stress and anxiety, it’s natural to want to keep this to yourself because you might feel embarrassed or ashamed about the decisions you made.
The Bible gives good advice. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you the path to take.” (Proverbs 3:5,6)
So, how can we break the silence? Choose a safe place, like joining a Compass small group of people who want to learn to manage their finances. You can discuss your money issues in an atmosphere of love, acceptance and confidentiality. What is said in the small group stays there! There will be no embarrassing comparisons and no criticism. We can all learn from each other’s successes and mistakes!
Learning about God’s way of handling money and possessions is fun, safe and profitable! It will reduce stress and anxiety; promote good communication in marriage.
Talking about money in a safe place impacts our ability to enjoy a good relationship with our partners and family members. It can help you find answers to questions and grow in financial knowledge and wisdom. Vocalizing a more positive language around money can help you change your money attitudes.
Join a Compass small group to start talking about money and learn some best practices from the Bible.