?When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.? (John 6:12)

A frugal person is someone who counts his pennies. Every leader is going to need a lot of money to help him fulfil his vision. How is this money going to come? By being frugal!

Years ago I wrote a book on frugality. It was something that I had taught in my church. I believed that it was a key that had helped me greatly in ministry.

I recently read a book on millionaires in America. I was surprised to find out that a study on millionaires had shown that the most common characteristic of wealthy people was frugality.

I read this book many years after I had taught and written on frugality. You see, the principles are the same. A frugal person is someone who counts his pennies.

There is no limitless amount of money sitting anywhere. Many rich people are cash-strapped.

Very few people have anything to spare. Years ago, when our church began a building project we asked a multi-millionaire to help us with some money. Someone even offered a building as security for a loan. But the millionaire was not moved by our request. He was not even moved by the offer of the building as security. No one helped us. The Spirit of God spoke to me and said, ?You will accomplish this vision if you count your pennies.?

True to His word, we counted our pennies and we accomplished the vision.

Neither a wasteful person nor an extravagant person can accomplish much. Are you concerned about impressing people? Then you are not a good leader. Are you concerned about showing off expensive things? Then you are not a leader. A leader knows that in order to get to his goal he is going to have to count his pennies.

Do you remember when Jesus fed five thousand people? Why did Jesus ask the disciples to gather the crumbs? Was he trying to humiliate the disciples? Was he trying to keep the environment clean? No, he said very clearly that he was preventing losses. ?When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.? (John 6:12)

The best way to become rich is to minimise your losses. If you are the leader of a company, your duty is to minimise your losses and prevent stealing. If you can do these two things, your company will prosper naturally. If you are a political leader, aim at reducing corruption.

If the money stolen from third world nations were to be recovered, we would no longer need loans from the IMF or the World Bank.

Seven Things You Can Achieve through Frugality

1. Through frugality you can fulfil your calling.

2. Through frugality you can achieve most of your life?s vision.

3. Through frugality you can build or buy your own office building.

4. Through frugality you can embark on many projects.

5. Through frugality you can build your own house.

6. Through frugality you can avoid ever having a mortgage.

7. Through frugality you can avoid ever borrowing money.

Our prayer is that our leaders will be guided by frugality and be able to accomplish many things as they count their pennies.

By Dag Heward-Mills

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