Each month, I'll be posting our budget as well as the income we receive from our investments. Investment income includes dividends, interest, and rent payments (if any). This has to be one of the toughest aspects of being financially transparent. It shows whether we really practice what we preach about being faithful stewards or if we are squandering the resources God has given us. It's a little frightening to be honest, and can be a little disheartening. Being put under a microscope is never easy, especially if you think you're the one holding the microscope. The truth is, God already knows whether we have been good stewards or haven't, and His grace can even forgive our lack of stewardship. It also helps to keep us in check, as far as keeping our expenses low since we will be posting how much we spend each month, but it also helps us remember a couple of things:
1. Everything we have is the Lord's, and he has graciously given us the abilities we have to earn and be good stewards.
2. Our identity isn't found in our possessions or lack of possessions, so we shouldn't be afraid of posting either.
3. Our motivation isn't to boast, and yes, it is possible to boast about not having or shunning possessions. Since everything we posses is only "ours" for a time, the stewardship of what we have is what's most important. Our faithful stewardship is still attributed to God, because He is the one molding us, strengthening us, and our faithfulness is a gift from him anyway! All the glory belongs to him from start to finish.
June 2015 - Budget Over by $390! Investment Income $67.23 Savings Rate 17.4%
May 2015 - Budget Over by $740! Investment Income - $70.31 Savings Rate 17.7%
April 2015 - Budget Over by $160! Investment Income - $67.34 Savings Rate 18.6%
March 2015 - Budget Over by $440! Investment Income - $70.72 Savings Rate 21.8%
February 2015 - Budget - Over by $505! Investment Income - $52.50 Savings rate 17.4%
January 2015 - Budget - Over by $346! Investment Income - $50.42 Savings Rate 14.1%
December 2014 - Budget - Over by $2,468! Investment Income - $53.68 Savings Rate 0%
November 2014 - Budget - Under by $366! Investment Income - $32.25 Savings Rate 16.4%
October 2014 - Budget - Under by $564! Investment Income - $46.48 Savings Rate - 17.5%
September 2014 - Budget - Under by $424! Investment Income - $38.92 Savings Rate - 19.1%
August 2014 - Budget - Over by $290! Investment Income - $40.62 Savings Rate - 8.3%