Ryan and I are part of a small group of couples from our church that meet Tuesday nights. Right now we are discussing finances.
Ryan shared this week about a friend of his who once told him, "I'll start giving (money) when I make more (money)."
Ryan's response? "No you won't. If you don't start giving now, chances are you never will."
A friend once told me that when she had kids she would start going to church so they could be in Sunday School. At the time I thought the same thing Ryan did, but I'm pretty sure I didn't say that. I should have said, "No you won't. If you're not committed to finding a church and going weekly now, chances are you never will."
Now that I have little ones, it is quite challenging to get everyone up and out the door on Sunday mornings. If Ryan and I hadn't made a commitment to be involved at church before we had children, it would be that much harder when kids are sick, parents are sleep-deprived and a morning at home is too tempting to resist.
Often newlyweds make financial decisions in their pre-kid years that prevent the wife from staying at home once they are blessed with babies (if this is what she would choose to do). They have two incomes so they spend, spend, spend: vacations, news cars, new homes, eating out, latest fashions....
While it would be easy to cast judgment, that is certainly not my intent.
What I want to say is this: Do It Now.
Whatever 'it' is for you.
If you hope to give money to a worthy cause someday, start giving now. Adopt a child through an organization like World Vision or find a local non-profit to give a donation to. Start small and you can still make a big impact.
If you hope to attend a church or get involved in a group at your current church, take steps toward making that happen now. Go online, ask some questions, talk with a neighbor or friend. Check out churches in your community.
If you want to be a stay-at-home mom someday, make wise choices now. Develop habits that teach you to limit your spending. Buy less house than you can afford. Purchase previously owned vehicles with low monthly payments and lower insurance. Pay down your debt. That one is worth repeating: pay down your debt.
These are three examples that came to mind, but there are so many more situations out there that this could apply to.
So whatever it is, do something. And do it now.
You won't regret it.