Here’s a follow up blog on the recent one I posted.
About three weeks ago Pastor Dennis graced our youth service in its series called “Superhero and Villains.” (The series tackled certain major student issues like academic excellence, relationships, and money.) And I like it when he started talking about these “weird” type of students.
These students are weird in a sense, because they don’t live like how the majority does. They don’t eat like the majority does. They don’t talk like the majority does and they don’t relate with their money like the majority does in our time. They would even at times be laughed at because they don’t drink the almost 200php coffee like the rest does, nor eat outside most of the time, like the majority does!
Here’s what makes them weird:
1. They Have a Written Game Plan
This written game plan/weapon they use is called “Budget”. And it makes them effective because they make sure it is written down in paper than just writing it on the tablet of their minds! They master their money and not allow it to master over them. Most of them does the 10%(Give)-20%(Save)-70%(Spend) technique others would adjust it to 10-10-80 or some 10-15-75 etc. They put a name on each money immediately after they receive their weekly/monthly allowance and they stick to it to win!
2. They Act Their Allowance
These weird students live as if they have nothing to prove. They spend less than what they receive. They don’t get into the habit of borrowing as much as possible (debts.) They are secure that they don’t borrow money from their classmates just to buy the stuffs that they think would elevate their status and image. If they have cash they enjoy buying the things they can but if they don’t, they refuse to buy with the money they don’t have yet.
3. They Save
Extra money for the majority means extra ones to splurge (spend for mere thoughtless happiness) but for these “weird” ones, extra money for them means savings! They start their own bank accounts young and learn the value of preparing for the future. Some of these weird ones even grow their money in investments in stock market and they do the portfolios!
4. They Are Generous
While the rest would hoard what they have, these “weird ones” know how to share and help worthy causes and people. They are not stingy but they give freely! They live in real happiness because they know they can be channels of resources that other people have been needing. They don’t wait for excess but even the ones they have, if needed they would give for others!
5. They Know Their Ultimate Source
They know its not Mommy or Daddy. They know its not their Ninong or Ninangs (their relatives) during the Christmas Season . They know that its not their allowances nor salaries, nor their bosses or the company they work with when they get to their dream jobs one day. They know and acknowledge that God is and will always be their ultimate source of finance, providing for them and their needs and sometimes even more to bless others.
Because of this, they don’t live in entitlement as if they deserve what they receive. They know they are mere stewards and they learn to grow to be better at it. And by this they might look weird, yet in the long run they end up to be the successful and satisfied ones!
I want to be this kind of “weird” …wouldn’t you?
Neon is Victory Greenhills’ Youth gatherings for the teen students of San Juan City. Gathering every 6pm at the 2nd level of Promenade Mall, students get to meet life coaches, new friends and are encouraged to live their student lives to the max! :)