April 8

Sabia usted que? Septiembre es el mes del seguro de vida

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Actualmente estoy en medio de escribir mi libro más reciente , Potential Millonaire ( Inglés) y en el libro explico varias razones para tener seguro de vida. Sin embargo , no me limito a la conversación sólo de los seguro de vida . Escribo acerca de la discapacidad a largo y corto plazo y la muerte accidental. Los seguro de vida puede resolver los problemas cuando hay una muerte inesperada . No sólo va a proveer para aquellos que se quedan atrás , como los cónyuge e hijos. El seguro de vida le permita pagar deudas como la hipoteca.  Si hay seguro de vida en un momento de emergencia, la familia no serán obligados a abandonar su hogar, si su ingreso desaparece debido a la muerte . Imagínese si su pareja fallece y se quedan con los niños pequeños . ¿Tienes idea de lo mucho que costaría para usted para mantener su estilo de vida actual?

Yo soy un defensor de los seguros , sin embargo , no creo que usted debe estar sobre asegurado. Usted debe tener un seguro adecuado para sus circunstancias personales. Combinando las inversiones con el seguro tiene su lugar, y no es para todos!  Para comprar un seguro adecuado que hay tomar en cuenta muchos factores y ser bien considerados de sus circunstancias particulares, tales como en qué etapa de la vida se encuentran en el momento de la compra . Cuando sea posible, el seguro de vida debe ser revisado para determinar si la persona tiene demasiada o poco seguros. Hay una regla de oro que dice, hay que comprar ocho a diez veces su salario . Eso estaría bien si lo necesitas Si usted está en retirado y ha hecho bien por  si mismo y estás en un punto donde usted está asegurado por sí mismo y no necesita un seguro de vida pues bien para que seguro? Si es usted hijo único sin herederos , ¿es necesario que todos los seguros ? El seguro de vida puede ser de utilidad en la planificación de su patrimonio o de dejar un legado.

Tengo seguro de incapacidad en caso de emergencia para proteger a mi familia. No tengo deuda y he alcanzado la libertad financiera. Tengo un trabajo que me encanta y seguro de vida es una parte de mi planificación financiera. Vivo bien gracia a Dios.

A continuación se presentan algunos datos obtenidos de los sitios web seguros para que usted considere . Recuerde que todos tenemos Millonario Potencial.

Saludos cordiales,

Felix A. Montelara

Author: Potencial Millonario

Author: Potencial Millonario

Autor : Potencial Millonario

Consideremos los siguientes hechos :

HECHO: El treinta por ciento de los hogares estadounidenses no tienen seguro de vida en absoluto , sólo el 44 por ciento tiene seguro de vida individual.

HECHO: El cincuenta por ciento de los hogares estadounidenses ( 58 millones) dicen que necesitan más de seguros de vida .

HECHO: Los consumidores que creen que necesitan seguro de vida, el 86 por ciento no han comprado , porque piensan que es demasiado caro .

REALIDAD: En los hogares diciendo que están dispuestos a comprar un seguro de vida en los próximos 12 meses , el 35 por ciento dice que la razón por la que aún no han comprado más seguro de vida es porque nadie les ha acercado al respecto!

¿Sabes cuál es el factor más importante es para personas que están considerando la compra de seguros de vida ?

De acuerdo con un estudio Barómetro 2013 , recibiendo la cantidad adecuada de la cobertura y la comprensión de lo que están comprando fueron los dos factores más importantes que los consumidores se les hizo esta pregunta.

January 28

Welcome to your Financial Epiphany

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By Felix A. Montelara

Author & Host – The Potential Millionaire

Last week’s episode was a special one, as we prepared to celebrate Christmas Day.  I hope that all my listeners and readers had a wonderful Christmas with their families.  In the last episode, I discussed the real reason to celebrate at Christmas, which is the birth of Jesus.  I also talked about the origin of the Christmas tradition of gift giving, which probably started in the fourth century with the generosity of Saint Nicholas.  I also talked about carefully choosing gifts- to find gifts that are truly meaningful, to give at Christmas.  Remember, as we think about these things, we must always keep in mind that God and family are the most important things in our lives.  I encouraged you to take time with your families to start new Christmas traditions- to get away from the ‘normal’ commercialized spending spree that Christmas has become, and to focus on meaningful, lasting gifts.  Sometimes these gifts are hand-made, or sometimes they are acts of love, or giving of one’s time to another.  Imagine the good that spending 30 extra minutes playing with your kids each day could do in their lives- what a lasting effect that would have- far outlasting the brief joy that a toy or game would bring.  Its hard to have the courage to try these new ideas- just like its hard to make and keep a budget, or hard to save for an emergency when we have expenses today.  But friends, whoever said that doing the right thing, would be easy?

This week marks another important Christian holiday.  The twelve days after Christmas are a time called Christmastide.  Christmastide ends with the Epiphany, which many call Three Kings Day.  Epiphany is a Greek word that means ‘to show, or to reveal’.  The Epiphany was first celebrated in the fourth century, and originally was a celebration of four important events: the baptism of Jesus, the first miracle of Jesus, (which was changing water to wine at the wedding at Cana), the Nativity of Christ, and the visitation of the three wise men. Felix bench thinking  These four events were celebrated together, because they were each a time when Jesus was revealed to the world.  Over time, the events began to be celebrated separately, and now we think of the Epiphany as a remembrance of the long journey of the three Magi, as they followed the star to Bethlehem and worshipped Jesus.  In many cultures, gifts are given on the Epiphany, to commemorate the gifts that the three wise men brought to Jesus.

As we continue to celebrate Christmas and look forward to the Epiphany, let’s remember that this is a time when we should focus on what we need to show others or reveal in our lives.  In terms of your personal finances, this would be a great time to discuss where you are at with your family, so that you can begin the New Year together with a plan to improve your situation.  It may be a difficult conversation, but revealing the truth will in the end allow you and your family to make progress.  It is also a time to be honest with yourself, to show yourself that you have the courage to take control of your financial situation.  Reveal to yourself how you are spending your money, find your weaknesses, and be determined to get control of your finances.  Create a budget, stop wasting money, begin a savings account, and pay off your debts.  These are steps that I can help you with, with this radio program, my book, and my website potencialmillonario.com.  Let yourself have a personal finance epiphany- and begin your journey to financial freedom.  Allow this season of joy and celebration encourages you to have the courage to do the tough things- knowing that they are the right things to do.  Let the promise of financial freedom, the relief of having no more debt, the security of having savings, the freedom of having your own money to spend- let these things be your guiding star that lights your way throughout the New Year.  Friends, just like the journey of the Three Kings was difficult, your journey may be difficult as well.  But the Three Kings persisted, they carried on, and they accomplished their mission of revealing baby Jesus to the world.  And they didn’t do this alone- they had the guidance of the Christmas star sent by God.  You too, have guidance, and you too, have God.  I hope you will take this opportunity to set off on a journey to reveal your millionaire potential.

January 1

Commit to Your New Year’s Resolutions. Are You Up to Them?

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By Felix A. Montelara

Author & Host of The Potential Millionaire

2 Corinthians 13:5

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Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?

Isaiah 50:7

But the sovereign Lord helps me, so I am not humiliated. For that reason I am steadfastly resolved; I know I will not be put to shame.

In the last episode, I talked about the topic of new years resolutions, and we discussed how important it is to include your finances in your resolutions.  However, most people break their resolutions within a few weeks, and often resolutions are forgotten quickly.  It is very important to make resolutions that are realistic, manageable, and that you are committed to.  I have a number of golden rules that I talk about, and that you will find in my book, Potencial Millonario.  These would make wonderful resolutions for the New Year.  For example,  I recommend that you make a family budget, and know exactly how much money you make and spend.  I recommend that you have an emergency fund, so that you are prepared for life’s unexpected disasters.  I recommend that you save money, and that you pay yourself first.  I recommend that you are honest with your family about money, and that you approach money matters together as a team.  But what good are all these resolutions, if you are not totally committed to making them happen?  What good are they, if you aren’t willing to make the sacrifices required to succeed?  We all have millionaire potential, but do we all have the courage and discipline to be millionaires?

I really believe that each of us has millionaire potential, and that each of has the same opportunity to follow these golden rules and succeed at becoming financially free.  Will it be easy?  No.  Will it happen overnight? No.  Will it be worth it?  Absolutely.

Let’s take some inspiring words from the Bible to help us have the courage to make good financial decisions in this New Year, and to have the resolve to keep our resolutions and to remain on the road to financial freedom.  2 Corinthians 13:5 says, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Iphone 040813 006 Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?”  Friends, these plans that we make about the New Year are tests.  They are tests of our discipline, our resolve, our courage.  We must look inward, we must look at ourselves and decide if we can pass the test.  When you are tempted to spend money you don’t have, when you are tempted to argue about money, when you are tempted to despair- think about whether or not you are in the faith- and find strength in the fact that we can take strength from Jesus.  Lean on Him- rest on Him- and keep strong in your resolutions.  Make them last the whole year, make good habits for yourselves about your money.  Recognize that millionaire potential that is within you, and be willing to commit to it.

Isaiah 50:7 states, “But the sovereign LORD helps me, so I am not humiliated. For that reason I am steadfastly resolved; I know I will not be put to shame.”  As you commit yourselves to your budget, your savings, your emergency fund, your good spending habits, know that you are not alone.  Know that if you persevere, you will not be humiliated, but instead you will be uplifted.  I know that for some of you, the road to financial freedom will be a tough one- but you must believe that you can do this.  No matter what difficulties you have been through, no matter what troubles you will go through, if you persevere and have courage and discipline, you will triumph in the end.

December 28

Let Your Financial Freedom be guided by a Shining Star in 2014

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English: Adoration of the Wise Men by Murillo

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By Felix A. Montelara

Author & Radio Host of :

Potencialmillonario.com

 

Last week’s episode was a special one, as we prepared to celebrate Christmas Day.  I hope that all my listeners and readers had a wonderful Christmas with their families.  In the last episode, I discussed the real reason to celebrate at Christmas, which is the birth of Jesus.  I also talked about the origin of the Christmas tradition of gift giving, which probably started in the fourth century with the generosity of Saint Nicholas.  I also talked about carefully choosing gifts- to find gifts that are truly meaningful, to give at Christmas.  Remember, as we think about these things, we must always keep in mind that God and family are the most important things in our lives.  I encouraged you to take time with your families to start new Christmas traditions- to get away from the ‘normal’ commercialized spending spree that Christmas has become, and to focus on meaningful, lasting gifts.  Sometimes these gifts are hand-made, or sometimes they are acts of love, or giving of one’s time to another.  Imagine the good that spending 30 extra minutes playing with your kids each day could do in their lives- what a lasting effect that would have- far outlasting the brief joy that a toy or game would bring.  Its hard to have the courage to try these new ideas- just like its hard to make and keep a budget, or hard to save for an emergency when we have expenses today.  But friends, whoever said that doing the right thing would be easy?

This week marks another important Christian holiday.  The twelve days after Christmas are a time called Christmastide.  Christmastide ends with the Epiphany, which many call Three Kings Day.  Epiphany is a Greek word that means ‘to show, or to reveal’.  The Epiphany was first celebrated in the fourth century, and originally was a celebration of four important events: the baptism of Jesus, the first miracle of Jesus, (which was changing water to wine at the wedding at Cana), the Nativity of Christ, and the visitation of the three wise men.  These four events were celebrated together, because they were each a time when Jesus was revealed to the world.  Over time, the events began to be celebrated separately, and now we think of the Epiphany as a remembrance of the long journey of the three Magi, as they followed the star to Bethlehem and worshipped Jesus.  In many cultures, gifts are given on the Epiphany, to commemorate the gifts that the three wise men brought to Jesus.

As we continue to celebrate Christmas and look forward to the Epiphany, let’s remember that this is a time when we should focus on what we need to show others or reveal in our lives.  In terms of your personal finances, this would be a great time to discuss where you are at with your family, so that you can begin the New Year together with a plan to improve your situation.  It may be a difficult conversation, but revealing the truth will in the end allow you and your family to make progress.  It is also a time to be honest with yourself, to show yourself that you have the courage to take control of your financial situation.  Reveal to yourself how you are spending your money, find your weaknesses, and be determined to get control of your finances.  Create a budget, stop wasting money, begin a savings account, and pay off your debts.  These are steps that I can help you with, with this radio program, my book, and my website potencialmillonario.com.  Let yourself have a personal finance epiphany- and begin your journey to financial freedom.  Allow this season of joy and celebration encourage you to have the courage to do the tough things- knowing that they are the right things to do.  Let the promise of financial freedom, the relief of having no more debt, the security of having savings, the freedom of having your own money to spend- let these things be your guiding star that lights your way throughout the New Year.  Friends, just like the journey of the Three Kings was difficult, your journey may be difficult as well.  But the Three Kings persisted, they carried on, and they accomplished their mission of revealing baby Jesus to the world.  And they didn’t do this alone- they had the guidance of the Christmas star sent by God.  You too, have guidance, and you too, have God.  I hope you will take this opportunity to set off on a journey to reveal your millionaire potential.

December 23

Christ the King , Christmas & Saint Nicholas

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Isaiah 9:6-

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

In one of the  latest episodes of Potencial Millonario, I discussed the taboo that surrounds money and prevents people from making good decisions because they are afraid to talk about their problems or ask advice until it is too late.  I advised listeners to let go of this fear about money, and to instead embrace an attitude of stewardship- where we understand our money and it works for us.  I firmly believe that being responsible with money, following a budget, saving for emergencies, preparing for the future, spending less than what we earn, paying off debts, not creating new debts- these are ways that we control our money and make it serve us.  This is what I call financial freedom- and it isn’t easy.  But it does free us from the worry and stress that money problems cause, and allows us to use our gifts and talents to serve God.

 

This week I am mindful that Christmas is just a few days away.  It has become a very commercialized holiday, but let’s not forget the true reason for the celebration: the birth of Jesus Christ.  Isaiah 9:6 states, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  We celebrate the birth of the most influential human in history, and the son of God.  This is the reason for the Christmas season- not the lights, glitter, shopping sprees, and food.  We should remember the humble beginnings of the King of Kings, born in a stable, laid in a manger, housed among animals.  But make no mistake, all the angels in heaven were singing to him, and the stars of the universe burned brighter for him.  I wanted to take these few minutes and remember the birth of the Prince of Peace, and I hope that all people can take time each day to think about the true focus of the coming week.

 

You may ask yourself, “If Jesus is the source of Christmas, why do we give gifts?”  This is really the story of Christmas traditions- not the story of Christmas.  Where do our traditions come from- like the Christmas tree and gift giving?  There are many sources for the traditions that every culture has, but let’s look back on one person who became very influential on the tradition of Christmas.  Many Christmas legends and traditions go back to the Catholic Saint Nicholas, who lived in the fourth century.  Very few hard facts have survived about Saint Nicholas, but it is known that he was a bishop in a place called Myra in Asia Minor.  During the time of Saint Nicholas, a father had to pay a dowry in order for his daughters to be married.  If a father was too poor to pay to have his daughters married, he may have had to resort to selling his daughters into slavery.  A wonderful legend persists about Saint Nicholas, in which Saint Nicholas dropped bags of gold into a poor man’s window, to provide him money so that his three daughters would be saved.  This began the tradition of gift giving on December 6, which is the feast day of Saint Nicholas.  Later, the date was moved to December 25 as other denominations wanted to get away from the Catholic celebration of Saints- but the tradition of gift-giving remained.

As we think about where the tradition of gift giving originated, let’s concentrate on a few important points in this legend.  First, Saint Nicholas used his own money to do a charitable act towards a stranger.  If you’ve been listening to my previous episodes, you know that I think money should work for you, and that once you have money you should use it to help others.  That is exactly what Saint Nicholas was doing.  He used his money to make a real change happen for three young girls and their family.  This wasn’t the type of change that an iphone or an Xbox brings- it is a change that was life-altering for that family.  Let’s think about our lives now:  we use our money at this time of year to often give gifts in excess or give gifts to people to who need nothing.  Often, we might even go into debt to offer these gifts that after a few days or weeks are forgotten.  The legend of Saint Nicholas should remind us that we should try to find truly meaningful gifts, and these are often not gifts that require money at all.

As Christmas day approaches, talk to your family about the real meaning of the celebration, Jesus Christ, and try telling them the story of Saint Nicholas and how gift giving in December began.  Try to help them appreciate that it is not the cost of the gift that matters, but the thought that the gift-giver put into it. Iphone 040813 261  If you have children, encourage them to make gifts, or to give gifts like doing chores, or giving a backrub to Mom.  Help them think about what each person in the family would really benefit from.  Talk to your spouse about this- can you both really afford gifts this year?  Or would you rather spend some time together, go for a walk, or watch their favorite movie?  Let this quality time be your new Christmas tradition. These lessons that you teach your family now will help them grow into the future- and will help them avoid the consumer-traps that are out there during the holiday season.

October 31

Financial Freedom Prayer

By Felix A. Montelara

Author: Potential Millionaire

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Are you feeling financially broken?  Does a lack of money cause stress in your life and arguments between you and loved ones?  Do you find your mind wandering to thoughts of how you will make your utility payments, grocery bills, or other financial obligations when you should be focused on other tasks?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to really lift these worries up to God in prayer. Prayer? You would probably tell me that you pray about this all the time. But I challenge you to be truthful with yourself right now.  What are you really asking God for?  Are you asking for more money, less bills, miracles?  Are you asking because your’re at the end of your rope, or because you’re at the beginning of your climb? You see, it makes a difference.

How are you approaching God right now, in this moment?  Is it in desperation, or in communication?  Communication, my friends, is what we need right now with God- and that involves you asking, and then listening to His answer.   Allow me to suggest a new prayer for your financial life- one that asks for instructions.  Let’s go to God in communication, asking for direction and listening for the response.  In addition, it may be time to involve the other people in your life who are affected by your money stress: your spouse, children, or other family members.  Be open with them, begin the conversation about money stress with letting them join in this prayer time.  Let the topic end there- sleep on it and listen to God’s response in your life.
Let’s begin with a quiet reflection on the Bible in Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.”
Leader: Holy Father, we come to you as children, as students needing guidance.  We lift up the concerns in our hearts, and ask for your divine guidance.  We pray to the Lord,
All: Lord hear our prayer.
Leader: Holy Father, give us the courage to speak openly and honestly to each other about our money issues, and help us to be calm and caring in our conversation.  We pray to the Lord,
All: Lord hear our prayer.
Leader: Holy Father, humble our hearts and remind us that your son, Jesus Christ, came from the poorest of beginnings but was still the King of Kings.  Teach us to live within our means, to budget our funds, and to spend wisely on what we truly need. We pray to the Lord,
 
All: Lord hear out prayer.
Leader:  Holy Father, forgive us for our mistakes, and help us to forgive each other.  Release us from the burden of debt we have unwisely chained to ourselves.  Release us from our anxiety about money.  Release us from the tension that strangles our relationships.  We pray to the Lord,
All: Lord hear our prayer.
Leader:  Holy Father, make our minds and hearts still so that we can listen to your instructions.  Guide us to make good decisions, be with us when we choose, let us hear your council.  We pray to the Lord,
All: Lord hear our prayer.
Leader:  Thank you, Holy Father, for this time together.  Let this moment be a new beginning.  Let this moment cleanse us and heal us.  Let us breathe in your spirit and let us pick up our cross, knowing, Father, that you help us carry it.  In Jesus’ name we pray,
All: Amen.

 

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October 1

Vea y Escuche a Ernesto Emilliano – TALENTO AL SERVICIO DE DIOS

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Hola,

Yo soy de la idea que sin dios hay muy poco en esta vida. No tan solo los quiero enriquecerlos económicamente pero deseo que se enriquezcan espiritualmente y como seres humanos.

Me encontré con Ernesto en el grupo de Barrio Obrero . Vea su selection de música y sea rico espiritualmente.

Recuerde que todos tenemos Potencial Millonario, espero que disfruten de la musical al servicio de Dios.

Felix A. Montelara
Autor: Potencial Millonario

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September 29

AMOR AL PRÓJIMO – INTERPRETACIÓN DE PARÁBOLA

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La parábola del hombre rico y el pobre Lázaro
Por: Felix A. Montelara
Autor: Potencial Millonario

No se trata del dinero, o el rico versus el pobre. Yo soy de la opinión que se trata de la falta del amor al prójimo. Cuando uno menos precia a nuestro prójimo demostramos indiferencia a nuestro vidas. La pregunta que uno se tiene que hacer es la siguiente. Puede usted vivir sin tormento con las su decisiones? Estas decisiones pueden ser por omisión come en la parábola, donde el rico le pasa por el lado a Lázaro y no le hace caso. La parábola no dice que El hombre rico era malo y pecador. La parábola tampoco nos habla de Lázaro siendo un santo. Lo que Jesús no dice es tenga cuidado con sus decisiones por que tendrán consecuencias!

Lea la parábola abajo y espero que la disfrutes, Porque todos tenemos Potencial Millonario,

Evangelio según San Lucas: 16:19-31
16:19 Había un hombre rico que se vestía de púrpura y lino finísimo y cada día hacía espléndidos banquetes.
16:20 A su puerta, cubierto de llagas, yacía un pobre llamado Lázaro,
16:21 que ansiaba saciarse con lo que caía de la mesa del rico; y hasta los perros iban a lamer sus llagas.
16:22 El pobre murió y fue llevado por los ángeles al seno de Abraham. El rico también murió y fue sepultado.
16:23 En la morada de los muertos, en medio de los tormentos, levantó los ojos y vio de lejos a Abraham, y a Lázaro junto a él.
16:24 Entonces exclamó: “Padre Abraham, ten piedad de mí y envía a Lázaro para que moje la punta de su dedo en el agua y refresque mi lengua, porque estas llamas me atormentan”.
16:25 “Hijo mío, respondió Abraham, recuerda que has recibido tus bienes en vida y Lázaro, en cambio, recibió males; ahora él encuentra aquí su consuelo, y tú, el tormento.
16:26 Además, entre ustedes y nosotros se abre un gran abismo. De manera que los que quieren pasar de aquí hasta allí no pueden hacerlo, y tampoco se puede pasar de allí hasta aquí”.
16:27 El rico contestó: “Te ruego entonces, padre, que envíes a Lázaro a la casa de mi padre,
16:28 porque tengo cinco hermanos: que él los prevenga, no sea que ellos también caigan en este lugar de tormento”.
16:29 Abraham respondió: “Tienen a Moisés y a los Profetas; que los escuchen”.
16:30 “No, padre Abraham, insistió el rico. Pero si alguno de los muertos va a verlos, se arrepentirán”.
16:31 Abraham respondió: “Si no escuchan a Moisés y a los Profetas, aunque resucite alguno de entre los muertos, tampoco se convencerán””.

January 11

Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman

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By Felix A. Montelara

Author & Host of The Potential Millionaire

Luke 7:36-50 / New International Version (NIV)

In the last episode of Potential Millionaire, I talked to you about changing your paradigm which means changing the way you see the world.  A paradigm is world view, and sometimes we need to modify what we see in life, so that we can change our bad behaviors into good ones.  There is a saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks- but I think you can, if you are willing to see the world in a different way.  Change is difficult, especially when a person has developed a behavior that has become habitual.  Can people change?  Yes, but it can be a difficult process, and it means constantly working to behave differently.   A paradigm shift may be as drastic as radically altering how we live and act, such as cutting up credit cards so you can’t spend money you don’t have-or it can be as minor as seeing things differently.  For example, do you need to view money as your servant, instead of being a slave to the almighty dollar?  Either way, a paradigm shift goes right along with New Year’s Resolutions- for how can your resolution to do things differently ever succeed, unless you are willing to change how you see the world, unless you are willing to prioritize differently, and unless you are willing to change what is important to you?

 There are many interesting passages in the Bible about paradigm shifts, or in other words, about people making drastic changes to their lives.  After all, many Bible stories are about sinners who find redemption, and resolve to continue their lives in a new direction.  In addition, there are many Bible stories about debt- because Jesus often compared debt, or owing a person money, to sin, which is making a bad choice when you know it is wrong.  In Luke 7:36-50, we are told the story of when Jesus has his feet washed by a sinful woman. 20130724_112110  Jesus had been invited to the home of Simon, who was a Pharisee, and encountered what was probably a prostitute.  The woman wept and wet Jesus’ feet with her tears, dried them with her hair, and anointed his feet with perfume.  The Pharisee was astounded, and doubted Jesus, thinking that “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”  Jesus seemed to read his mind, and told the Pharisee a parable about two people who had their debts (one large and one small) forgiven for free by the lender, because neither debtor had the money to repay the debts.  Jesus asked the Pharisee, “Now which of them will love him more?”  The Pharisee told Jesus, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”  Jesus agreed, but then made an important point about the sinful woman.  Jesus told the Pharisee that he was a person who had sinned little, but he also loved only a little, because the Pharisee did not wash Jesus’ feet, or perfume his body.  Jesus then said that the woman, although very sinful, had washed and perfumed him, showing much love to Jesus.  Jesus said, Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”  Jesus then said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”  We are then left to assume that the woman’s life has forever changed- because Jesus not only forgave her sins, but he did so in front of a crowd of important people.  She now had the opportunity for a paradigm shift- her whole world had changed.  She had the opportunity to leave behind her old, sinful life of prostitution and begin a new life.  Would it be easy?  No, I don’t think so.  But it is important to remember that Jesus gave her the opportunity to change- and she had to make it happen.

We are likewise given opportunities to change the way we see the world, but it is up to us implement these changes, to stay the course, to commit to the changes.  We all make mistakes, but these mistakes can be forgiven.  But like the woman in the Bible, we must return love to God when we are given forgiveness- we must act on our opportunities and show that we have changed.

In this New Year, do you need to forgive yourself for some past money mistakes?  Do you need to see things differently?  Do you need to take advantage of opportunities and prove that you have seen the errors of your ways?  It is possible for everyone to learn about money, to make it work for them, to become wealthy, to become debt free.  In order to do these things, we need to change how we view money, spending, and debt.  We need to seize the opportunities that God puts before us- if you are learning how to manage your money and live debt free- will repay God with love and be dedicated enough to do it?