5 Things I’ve Learned From My First Radio Show Calls

I can’t believe we’re already coming to the end of the first week of Chris Brown’s True Stewardship. It’s been a whirlwind of a ride, and I know we’re just getting started!

I’ve pastored churches, spoken to huge auditoriums full of people, and made business deals—but nothing I’ve done even compares to taking calls on the radio. So what have I learned so far? Let me tell you.

1. Tone of voice communicates a lot.
I can usually predict a caller’s financial condition from the tone of their voice alone. I hear one of two things: hope or discouragement. This proves that we don’t deal with money in a vacuum. It affects everything in our lives—our demeanor, our attitude, the way we handle relationships. Everything! So it’s important we get it right.

2. Deep down, you probably know the answer to your question already.
Many callers just want confirmation that they’re on the right track. It’s incredible how simple—and commonsense—good, biblical stewardship is. We usually know what we should do. We just need a little encouraging push to confirm that . . . and to point out all our excuses!

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3. At the end of the day, callers can only help themselves.
People are in the middle of some mammoth trials, and it’s been a real honor to offer them information, options and hope. But when it comes down to it, I can only do so much. Each caller has to make their own decision to change—and then do it.

4. Problems are usually less complicated than they seem.
When you’re swimming through the muck and mess of your situation, your perspective can become clouded. That’s why many callers immediately give details that don’t really matter. They need help rising above the mess and looking down at the larger picture. So, for example, the issue isn’t whether a loan charges 6% or 8% interest. The problem is that it’s a loan, it’s debt, and it’s dumb.

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5. If there is no obvious solution, the issue is probably too little income.
Some callers say they’ve tried everything to fix their mess, but they can’t come up with a real solution. They’ve tried everything—everything, that is, except making more money. And that’s usually exactly what they need to do. Many callers are scared of taking a second or even third job for a short time. But remember what the Bible says about hard work: “The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich” (Proverbs 13:4 NKJV).

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Want to hear my advice on money, life, and other aspects of biblical stewardship? See if Chris Brown’s True Stewardship is on the air in your area. If it’s not, you can also listen to a podcast of each episode, also at stewardship.com/show. Either way, my prayer is that the show becomes a source of hope and encouragement in your own life!


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