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Letting Go

Posted: October 28, 2013 in Finance
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I went to a small liberal arts college in Clinton, SC named Presbyterian College and majored in business administration with a concentration in accounting. I took every accounting and finance course that PC offered.  My favorite class and my favorite teacher was investment analysis with Mr. Slammin Sammy Howell. Mr. Howell deemed us the accounting marines and we got loud and proud before every test. Every professor I had for an accounting or finance class emphasized one main point.  If I was to take anything away from their classes it was to pay myself first and to let my money work for me.  No matter what amount I could afford they wanted me to always pay myself first.  It could be $10 every paycheck or $100 every paycheck, but they were very serious about investing in yourself.  The message was ironic coming from professors at a school with the name of PRESBYTERIAN College. You would think that at a Christian college they would mention tithing, but they never did. I was “all in” to the message of paying myself first and I couldn’t wait to get out of school and get started. I was very interested and amazed at how compounding interest worked. I wanted to make as much money as I could and throw as much money as possible into a Roth IRA, 401k, and any other outside investments. The key to compounding interest is time and as a 21 year old senior I had all the time in the world.  With that being said….

I have all this head knowledge on money and I have been constantly taught to save, save, save that God has never been a part of my financial life. The selfish side of me did not want to “give up” my “hard earned” money. I…was making this my life and putting a lot of pressure on myself as opposed to processing all these thoughts with God. Honestly, I think it was my selfish ways taking over and ultimately talking me out of tithing. I was wrapped up in the fact that it’s my money and I want to see it work for ME. I also think deep down that I wanted some notoriety for giving the money. If I had decided to tithe at this point…I would have been doing it for all the wrong reasons.

How am I giving my money up if it was never mine in the first place?

Why do I consider it “my” hard earned money if God blessed me with all the gifts I have and the situation I’m in to make it?

I now know that I am in a better place than the mindset that I carried a few months ago.

For the past year I have been bouncing between 2 or 3 different churches.  In June, I setup my pay check to automatically take out 10% every time I got paid.  This allows me to very easily track how much I need to be tithing. I told myself that once I find a good church and felt comfortable with giving my money then I would do it and do it ASAP. I was taking out 10% every paycheck, but I did not know where to give it.  I prayed about the situation and talked with a lot of people about what they do to try and process it. It was not until the 5th of October that I finally made the commitment.

I have been attending the same church for about 4 months now and I plan to tithe EVERYTIME I get paid. My commitment with tithing is me letting go of control of my financial life and putting that control into God’s hands. I have to and ultimately do trust and know that He can do so much more with my money than I could ever do.  God’s plan is always bigger and better than our own.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

Living life against the flow!

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The Bible Out Loud

Posted: October 22, 2013 in Faith
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I came across a website today and it really got me fired up!  I was on LinkedIn and one of my suggested friends worked for a company called The Flight of Ravens.  Like any normal person I said “What the heck is that?” and went to Google.  Google took me to a foundation called The Greatest Champion.  I will provide you with the links at the bottom, but studies say to not put them in the article…because you will click on them and lose concentration.  Do not scroll down to the bottom right now either!  One of the ministries within The Greatest Champion is called The Bible Out Loud (The Flight of Ravens is also one). I clicked on the link for The Bible Out Loud and found one of the coolest projects I have seen in a while.

The goal for this project is to get every single verse of the bible read out loud.  Anyone can video themselves reading between 1 to 5 verses in the Bible and send it in to the website (there are rules involved).  The website allows you to see which verses have already been done and they are currently at 3% of their goal.  There are 31,000 verses in the Bible so go make your video!

This project was started by athletes at the University of South Carolina (I am a Clemson fan so saying that was tough).  All I can think about is how awesome of an idea it is.  It gets so many people involved and creates an unbelievable platform for people to learn about Jesus.  This project will bring people from all different backgrounds together to reach a common goal.  God has provided us with everything we need to know in the Bible, but we rarely take time out of our day to sit down and read it.  This project is inspirational and gives people like me motivation to go and tell others about Jesus.  He has changed my life and I know that he can change yours…if he hasn’t already.

I encourage all of you to go check it out and if you feel like it make a video.  All of us at Againstiflow plan on making a video very soon.  I have never met any of the people involved in this project, but I think it is awesome and I wish them the very best.

Thanks everyone for reading and here are the links:

www.thegreatestchampion.org

www.thebibleoutloud.com

What is againstiflow?

Posted: October 11, 2013 in Faith
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The first post is up! We are excited to share our thoughts, experiences, and lives through this blog.  I don’t know what you will get out of this first post, but our main goal is to explain what in the world againstiflow means. The obvious answer is that it means going “against the flow,” but there is a little bit more to it than that.

Againstiflow is a big idea that encompasses many things we want to do. To us againstiflow is a lifestyle, a vision, and something we want to use to help others find their path through life.  We want to reach out to young men and share what we have learned through our experiences.  Basically, a lot of men feel trapped living lives that they know are wrong in God’s eyes, but they fear the consequences of changing their ways.  Either they are worried about what their friends will think or they don’t want to give up their current lifestyle. Through againstiflow we want to give these people a chance to find their true self.  We want to connect with them through common interests and help them grow as men.

So, hopefully that gave you a little idea of what againstiflow means. For this first post we just wanted to give you a basic overview.  We will break down topics and get much deeper in future posts.  For the most part we will be blogging on faith, fitness, finance and fun.  These are topics we are all very passionate about and we want to use these topics to connect with people.  The blog is just a start to give everyone an idea of where we are coming from and what we are about. Our big vision is to turn this into a ministry for young men.  We really enjoy meeting new people and hearing about their lives.  You can’t do life alone and we want people to always have some support.  Whatever situation you are in, as bad as it might be, someone else is struggling with the same thing.

Thanks for reading the first post and we are excited to get this thing started!  We will add some background about ourselves in the “About” section on our blog so you can get to know us better.  Also, you can read more about what againstiflow means if none of this made sense.

This is our first post so feel free to comment.  Hit us with the cold hard truth!

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Romans 12:2Image