Count the Cost | Financial Education Series | Introduction

posted Jul 30, 2013, 7:42 AM by Willie T. Butler   [ updated Aug 21, 2013, 5:34 PM ]

Welcome to the LifePlanning Institute’s “Count the Cost” financial education series! As Founder and President of the LifePlanning Institute, and as author of this report, I want to take a moment to introduce this important and timely series.

The world around us is rapidly changing and in ways that discourage wholesome Christian living.  As a result, many Christians mimic the world in how they pursue their dreams and vision for a better tomorrow.  They are living as if this world offers a more appealing future and kind of advice that will change their lives for the better.  As Christians, this is tragic given the importance of remaining a light unto the world, yet having our light grow dim in the midst of adverse economic changes and questionable value systems.

Remember that God never asked His followers to conform to the institutions of this world.  If anything, Scripture reminds us, “Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect”. (Romans 12: 2 NLT). 

Knowing this we must ask ourselves, is it even possible today for a Believer to practice their biblical tenets of faith without separating themselves from society or without going along with the status quo?

As a minister, financial planning practitioner and businessman who has taught as well as practiced everything the world’s financial institutions have recommended, I believe the Lord wants true Believers to establish a new and better standard for daily living.  This is the reason for the Count the Cost Series. 

Each part of the series is written with a central question in mind.  That question is “How does my decision impact my “P,” or Pursuit of God’s Purpose for my life?”   This is the concept we attempt to address in each blog and video segment. 

As you read through our reports you will find that we take a different approach to how Believers—of all faith-based groups—should practice stewardship using sound, practical money-management strategies.  Our precedent is God’s word and our practice strategies incorporate over thirty years of helping individuals budget, save, invest and transfer estate assets to loved ones.  We care not what the world does but teach what we think will please God, and empower you to live your best life. 

Once you have had an opportunity to read our articles and apply our advice, we would love to hear your thoughts and comments.   In the interim, we pray as the Apostle Paul did in 3 John 1:2, that above all things God will prosper you in every area of your life!

 In Kingdom Service,

 Willie T. Butler- LifePlanning Institute, Inc.