Life’s Leading Indicators[spacer size=”10″]Let’s step around the corner of time, shall we? Let’s pay a visit to the next phase of your life.
Why not? I have some ideas about the possibilities of everyday living. I’ve tried and experienced them myself, and I’ve seen them lived out by people I care about.[pullquote align=”right”]KingdomNomics is the study of the principles defining value from God’s point of view.[/pullquote]I can predict what might be in store for you. As a matter of fact, I’ve made much of my living in the prediction business. I examine a stock, make an educated projection about its future, and invest accordingly. I’ve learned that the future of any stock is all about the people who stand behind it. So I’ve had to learn about people too. I’ve had to observe their values and their habits.
In both kinds of ventures—in the fates of stocks and people—there are what we call “leading indicators” that predict future performance. We look to certain factors to help us predict success.
This book is all about the leading indicators of your life. These leading indicators consist of a set of principles I’ve come to group under the title of KingdomNomics—the organization of economics under the laws of God’s kingdom.
KingdomNomics is more than theory. It’s a discipline committed to experiencing maximum returns in life and eternity. We all have time, talent, and treasure, and these are being consumed daily. The question is, by what? Are they being consumed for the sake of temporary pursuits, or toward things that are eternal?
I think of daily time like daily bread. Each one of us has a “loaf” of time, if you will. Each day consumes one slice, and the loaf becomes smaller as time passes. We eventually realize this, to our dismay, and it becomes so very important to expend our given time wisely—to make our lives count for something meaningful.
That’s what KingdomNomics concerns itself with: knowing and experiencing the benefits of joyfully trading earthly, temporary gratification for something that will last forever.[pullquote align=”right”]Our focus is not on today’s easy pleasure; it’s on eternal significance.[/pullquote]KingdomNomics is living life by the principles defining value from God’s point of view, as outlined in the Scriptures. We apply these principles in the decisions that determine how we invest our time, our talent, and our treasure, the “three Ts,” for kingdom advancement. For those who take seriously the coming of a new life—one that follows earthly life—nothing could be more important.
And yet so many of us live as if these decisions are trivial, expending those three Ts with little thought of the fact that what we do here echoes into eternity. The kingdom thinker, however, develops an I want to make a difference attitude, looking at the important matters and seemingly trivial ones alike and thinking, How can I do something for the kingdom here? Something that will last?
Then he discovers something truly thrilling: Worldly wealth comes and goes, but he, acting on kingdom principles,can become rich in the world to come by making the right investments in this one. He can take it with him—if it’s the right “it.” That means focusing on what matters to God, and we do that by the application of KingdomNomics.
But before we simply jump in and start making decisions, it’s important to understand two key truths that provide the foundation for all of the principles related to KingdomNomics:
- KingdomNomics requires a different set of priorities, and
- KingdomNomics requires that we have only God as our ruler.