Week 13 Homework

This lesson is titled ‘The Great Misunderstanding’, and focuses on dealing with your finances from a Christian perspective.

The homework for this week is:

  1. Read Chapters 4 and 20 in Financial Peace Revisited.
  2. Check out the inspirational stories at the FPU Member Resource Center.
  3. Tell someone else you know about FPU and what it has done for you. Remember, you can always loan out your materials and we have scholarships available for all of our classes.

Remember, you have a lifetime membership for your family and can attend at any time at no cost. If you ever need a refresher, feel free to stop by a class for one week or the entire course.

Lastly, we have some additional reading on this subject, if you are interested.


Finding Inspiration

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

— Jack London

Thriving on $12K/year

MSN Money provides some inspiration from a true story on surviving and thriving on $12,000 per year. Donna Freedman decided to go back to school to better herself and her future, and in doing so she had to make some radical lifestyle changes. She is now a full-time student with a grant that covers her tuition and books.

In order to make ends meet, Donna:

  • Works doing baby-sitting, mystery shopping, freelance writing, paid medical research, and as the manager of her apartment complex.
  • Takes a brown bag lunch every day.
  • Gives money to those less fortunate than herself.
  • Donates regularly to her church.

I found it totally inspiring to see someone who is making their future better and thriving in a difficult situation. She has totally taken responsibility for herself and is making it happen. Donna is going to sacrifice to graduate from school completely debt free, and be able to live like no one else. It isn’t going to be easy, but it isn’t going to be forever either.

The next time you are struggling with making a financial sacrifice, measure yourself against what the Donna Freedmans of the world are doing.

The Definition of Finance

Money is a good servant, but a poor master

— Unknown