The idea for Getting a Grip on Your Money started with a 13-week lesson series that I led at my home church. What we do with our money says a lot about who we are. Perhaps that’s why the second most common subject of the parables of Jesus Christ is the general subject of money, resources, and what we do with them.

A variety of authors in personal finance have suggested varying spiritual backgrounds for their recommendations. After all, it really is meaningless to pile up wealth in this world, isn’t it? Therefore, a more important concern in Getting a Grip on Your Money is simplifying life and reducing worry. Good money management and investment practices are really only part of the story.

In any event, I encourage you to think carefully about the purpose of your life as you set about your financial planning. Here are some resources:

Finally, just so you’ll know where I’m coming from: “Devout Christians are destined to be regarded as fools in modern society,” Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia said in a 1996 address. “We are fools for Christ’s sake,” he said, echoing the apostle Paul. I proudly stand with Justice Scalia as just such a fool.