What Should I Buy These Days?
How many times have you been with family, friends,
or colleagues and the subject comes up that you are a financial advisor
and naturally a little “free advice” from a friend would be appreciated and
the question arises in various forms about “what do you like?”. This
is always a short route to disenfranchising family members since if you
do have a good idea and share it and they call another broker to buy
instead of you then you have to wonder about their loyalty to you.
indeed they do call you and want to buy your idea and
work, well let’s just say there will be more than one turkey carved
at next years get together. This same routine was played out in
many parts of the gospels when everyone from the disciples
to strangers and church leaders would come to Jesus in all hours of the
day and night seeking answers to their questions even if they were not
all of a financial nature.
One source of great wisdom that I would offer you
on this matter is the work of Ken Boa. He was gracious enough to share with me some
time back in the work I am doing on Biblically Responsible Investing. Here
is a sample of some of his comments from a recent book he wrote and in
the context of struggling with the world’s ideals about money and
what the Bible teaches:
“Money is a good servant but a bad master—if we follow the world’s
wisdom, money will dominate us, but if we submit to “the wisdom from
above” (James 3:17), money will serve us as we use it to serve God and
others.” This is from his book Conformed in His Image
When I was young in my career, it was such a turn on
to feel the importance of sounding astute and in the
know about strategic investing ideas whenever this
situation came along. In just a few
years as I realized how little I really knew and how fickle the markets
can be, I tried to use these opportunities to share Biblical truth.
that I would have started even earlier and saved myself
some of those crazy turkey days when my feathers got plucked along with
the bird! I hope
you find some of Ken’s books as helpful as I have in regard to building
up your understanding of God’s will for your life!
Sent November 27,
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