By Manuel & Luz Largaespada
“The early bird eats the chicken breast … and the late bird eats the leather of a saddle,” goes a popular and attractive saying in our Nicaraguan culture. And it is very attractive because we all want to eat chicken breast and nobody wants to eat leather! Different cultures have summarized their financial experiences in their own small sayings and each of them has a bit of advice to help us find financial peace.
A few days ago, we introduced a hero of finance at a meeting of the Estelí Pastoral Couples Network; Agur, son of Jaqué, is a challenging character who shakes the foundations of our financial philosophy.In Chapter 30 of the book of Proverbs, Agur reveals to us some concrete and practical
steps to move towards financial peace, which were presented as “the sayings of Agur.”
During the workshop one of the pastors shared his financial disaster as a result of misuse of credit cards, and their recovery following the counsel of God. Then, one of the pastors shared, “In a difficult time in our economy, I started making and selling ice cream to help my husband as breadwinner. Now our church has grown a lot, but occasionally that experience helps me to comfort and guide other sisters who are struggling to get by.”
During the rest of the workshop, we dedicated to exploring the steps, or rather the traces, that Agur left on his way to financial peace. This man began his journey assuming financial responsibility with humility, “I am weary, O God, and weak, I am the most ignorant of all men, no human thought in me” (Prov.30.1- 2).
Agur did not think he knew it all, nor did he come down the street trying to be the most astute; he recognized his human limitations.We see him open to learning, willing to change, thirsty for divine counsel.From here, Agur shares with
us a few tips that the pastors of Estelí have treasured and decided to practice until they bear fruit; they are people in transformation.
To conclude, Agur challenges us to consider the full picture of options and their possible consequences. He presents us with three financial paths: the path of poverty and scarcity, the path of wealth or abundance and the path of sufficiency. And all of this fits into a prayer: “Only two things I ask, Lord, do not refuse me before I die: Remove lies and falsehood far from me and do not give me neither poverty nor riches but only my daily bread. Because having much, I could disown you and say, “And who is the Lord?” And having little, I could steal and thus dishonor the name of my God (Prov. 30:7-9).
Agur understood that finances can honor or blaspheme the name of our God, for in financial management, we reflect whether we are serving the true God or other gods. Clearly, Agur has already decided who he will serve and honor. He decided to be happy with his daily bread and enjoy the financial peace that this entails.
Agur invites us to ask ourselves certain questions: What everyday sayings do we believe? Which Way are we committed to travel?
How good it has been to learn from Agur and his strategy for financial peace, and how good it has been to count on this strategy to fulfill our mission to bless all of the families on earth!