So I though before I really kick this off I should share about myself, mostly where I am now compared to where I was.
Currently I am employed as a Bio-Medical Technician for a small company. It pays a decent salary, but a bonus is I am considered a “Road Warrior.” Meaning I drive about 700 miles a week and get paid a little above the federal mileage rate. As long as I am smart it is a nice bonus to my salary. My wife works as a teacher and my children are both in elementary school. I have 3 college degrees: MA Theology, BA Philosophy and an AAS in Industrial Automation. I served 6 years in the United States Air Force as a F-16 Hydraulics Technician and been working since I was 12.
Growing up as a young boy I was introduced to many adult things way before I should have: drugs, alcohol, pornography and it didn’t help my parents were very permissive which allowed me to indulge in this bad habits. At the age of 14 I overdosed from prescription medication. It was sort of for fun, but also because I felt very worthless at the time. I was consistently drifting away from my parents and it was tearing me apart. After my short hospital stay I vowed to never partake of drugs again…that didn’t last that long. To accelerate the story, I barely made it out of high school and failed out of my first college, got kicked out of my second and after being homeless (I could have lived with my parents if I wanted to) I was at rock bottom. A friend at the time was in the Air Force Reserves and said it was a great way out. So in a matter of 2 weeks I joined and was leaving for boot camp a few months later. It was by far the 2nd best decision I’ve ever made (the first being born again through Jesus Christ).
In the Air Force my life really changed, I was found by God and completely turned my attitude and my heart towards him and have never looked back. I eventually was honorably discharged and short time later was married to my beautiful wife. As I said before we now have 2 children and a nice home, good jobs but most of all, the joy that comes with priorities in right order: faith, family and finances. I believe by getting these things in order, 1) starting each day with God and making him your first love, 2) approaching your family not as another job but a wonderful duty that allows you to make it whatever you want it to be, be creative and enjoy this great opportunity, and 3) to allow finances not to rule you, but to make it work for you…not to “love” it, but to be wise and “not be a slave to the lender.” Proverbs 22. Most of all the last part. I currently don’t know the numbers, but we are in unfathomable amount of debt and it honestly doesn’t worry people. People drive around these fancy cars and have these big houses, but there net worth is negative. There is so much joy in being debt free and I want you all to experience it.
Next time I write I will get into the meat of what I want to share. I hope this gave you a brief introduction of who I am.