“My goal is to help you understand something you’ve never understood before.”–Dan Celia, founder of Financial Issues
Who doesn’t love a good rags to riches story? There is something wonderful that happens to our psyche when we hear about the humble beginnings of the wealthy and accomplished people we admire. Their stories of vision and determination give us great hope.
This morning I attended a town hall meeting as a guest of my friend. She was familiar with the speaker, Dan Celia, but I had never heard of him. I did my due diligence and determined that this man was someone from whom I could receive good information. A financial entrepreneur and business man, Celia started a radio ministry, Financial Issues, back in 1997 as a part-time ministry. The Lord has since blessed it to be his current full-time ministry and the show is heard in every state in America and throughout the internet globally.
The interesting thing is what transpired in those early days of the ministry. At the meeting, Celia shared that initially, he hated the radio ministry. He thought that it was boring, so after about two years, he wanted to stop the program. The man with whom he was working discouraged him from doing so since the show was now being heard on more stations and by more people than he thought.
“What? You didn’t tell me that the show was on all these stations!” Celia said.
Not wanting to disappoint the people who were faithfully listening to his program, he decided to continue. The show is now featured on over 600 stations. I began thinking about how much of a blessing he was to me in those three hours and wondered about all the other people he has blessed through his down-to-earth, simplistic style of teaching about finances and how it relates to government and the moral fiber of our nation. He had such great insight that he encouraged me to want to learn more about how to be morally and biblically responsible with my money.
In the quote above, Celia stated at the meeting that he wants to help his listeners understand something they’ve never understood before. He surely succeeded in that goal. I gained understanding about many things, including charitable annuities, diversification, and even about the Italian dictator Mussolini. Overall, he helped me in my goal of gaining greater financial literacy.
He also said in the meeting that soon after he and his wife were born again, they prayed about what they would do to serve the Lord. He thought that he might be a missionary somewhere, but certainly not a pastor.
“At the end of the day, I couldn’t even remember the scripture that I had read that morning,” he shared.
But, he could, however, remember stats about the Dow Jones, workforce statistics, and a host of other financial facts. The Lord revealed to him that that was what He wanted Celia to serve Him with.
I’m in awe and certainly thankful for how the Lord places gifts inside of all of us which He uses to bless others. God certainly has provided us with everything we need whether it is on the earth, in the earth, or above the earth. If we need it, God has provided it.
The Bible says in Genesis 28:14b, “All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.” Thank God for all the offspring who have blessed me. I’m so thankful that although I still don’t completely understand all the differences between mutual funds and CD’s and term and whole insurance, I can simply refer to the teachings of Dan Celia and other financial teachers like him to help me along the way.