God is never impressed by monetary wealth. He is impressed by our obedience, our faith, and our reliance upon him. Charles Stanley

Walking in God’s Favor:    God-loyal people, living honest lives,
make it much easier for their children. Proverbs 20:7 MSG

Honest Parents: A Valuable  Heritage 


You are either a faithful steward or a unfaithful steward; a good example or a poor example. There is no in between. I clearly remember speaking at a Community  Financial Empowerment Session for a church on the topic of stewardship. When I completed my presentation I sat down next to Ardella and whispered “How did I do honey?

Ardella looked dead to my eyes and asked, “Why are you talking about something you are not doing yourself?” Ouch! Yeah that hurts, but I made up my mind that day not to stand in front of God’s people and talk about something I was not practicing in my own life.

A Life of Integrity

Just like the 70′s R&B group The Dramatics sang in one of their many hit songs; What You See is What You Get. Through the power of Jesus Christ I’m committed to being a person of integrity. What you see is what you get.

I heard one my spiritual mentors Pastor Benjamin Jones say “Your career ends when you die, but your character goes on for eternity”. Gods truly wants to develop our character. He sent his son Jesus Christ to be our earthly example.

When Jesus Christ returned to heaven to be with his father, he sent you a Comforter to empower you to overcome selfishness, lust, greed, deceitfulness, and covetousness so you can walk in His love, favor and freedom.

Character Does Matters – It Takes Everything

Faithful stewards are people of integrity. They follow through with what they say they’re going to do. Faithful stewards are people whose word is their bond. Faithful stewards are good examples and good leaders. They are an extremely positive witness to those who are in their circle of influence.

How you spend and relate to money has more to say about your character than anything else. Have you ever spent money you don’t have, for something you don’t need,  to impress people you don’t know. Many times money will reveal our inner selves; our true character.

You are invited to visit our Life University – Family Finances Class http://www.firstsdachurch.com  July 16th 7pm our guest presenter is Greg Olmsted CEO North Alabama Educators Credit Union http://www.naecu.org topics includes making wise financial choices and empowering future generations.

Prayer of Blessing: Lord help us to live honestly.

Michael Vance is a senior account executive with Hundley Batts & Associates and the co-founder of stewardshipofwealth.com. Ardella Vance is a gifted educator and a Master Guide in the Pathfinders Club, a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people. The Vance’s have been married well over 25 years and share their lives with four adult children and six grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama and blog weekly from their financial workbook ” The Stewardship of Wealth“.

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