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October 13, 2011 / joelmalm

My Rich Poor Dad


I went to a conference last week where they taught Robert Kiyosaki’s book Rich Dad, Poor Dad.  The basic premise was that kids with wealthy parents learn things about money by watching their parents that poor families don’t learn.  Consequently, many folks from lower income families have limited knowledge about how finances work.

I got to thinking about my dad.  He’s no millionaire, but when it comes to godly wisdom he’s loaded.  Here’s some stuff I learned by watching him that I think many people never get a chance to learn from their parents:

  1. God-honoring risk is good – My dad moved his young family to a third-world country ravaged by civil war to be missionaries.  Lots of people who love Jesus would say that was irresponsible.  In my mind it was the best decision he ever made for our family.
  2. Being different is good – Dad always used this line: Others can, we must not.  He reminded us we were called to live at a whole other level.  Sure I missed out on lots of pop culture, but quoting movies never has much power when you are under spiritual attack.  Quoting scripture that you were forced to memorize does.
  3. You will be held accountable before God for every decision you make – Sound like lots of pressure to live under?  It was.  But from what I’ve seen, most people could use a little more pressure.  Too many people are living their lives without thinking about the consequences.  Every road has a destination.  You need to think about where the road you are on is leading you.
    Too many Christians live for the most part just like the world when it comes to what they buy, watch, listen to and how they react to challenges.  Dad taught us that how we spend our time, talent and treasure has eternal ramifications.  Sure, it makes it difficult to live like a hippie – you have to be responsible.  But we are only on this planet for a few years.  We need to make the most of the time God has given us.
  4. God is your provider and your generosity is evidence of your trust in that truth – It’s one thing to say it, it’s another live it.  Unfortunately, too many people live trying to create a situation where they can remove all financial insecurity.  You need to be a good steward, but how often do you really give to the point where you actually have to trust God.  Giving ‘til it hurts makes you vulnerable.  That’s not very American.  But it’s godly.

So there it is, a snippet of the many things I learned from my rich dad.  J

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  1. Sarah / Oct 13 2011 10:16 am

    I don’t really have comment…I just really, really like this post (and your family.) I’m starting to see how you taught me some of these things while it remains new or completely foreign to so many Christians. Thank you to both Mr. Malms.

    Well, I guess that’s technically a comment.

  2. kassc / Oct 28 2011 11:31 am

    I just love your dad..you are a very blessed man to have him. So glad we have the opportunity to glean wisdom from your dad too! Even if it is only on Sundays…love you guys…all of ya!

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