financial problems

Facing Financial Problems with Resolve

David Akers walked into the kitchen to finally tell his wife. Feeling weak, he had to put his hand on the counter to hold himself up. That’s when she asked, “What’s wrong? You have been acting weird the past couple of days.” What she didn’t know was that the money was gone.

Akers was in his ninth year as a kicker with the Philadelphia Eagles and had gone to three Pro Bowls. He had earned millions of dollars. Several days before, he had received a call from the FBI. Although he had done his due diligence and sought the advice from wise business experts prior, the money he had invested with Triton Financial to purchase real estate had been illegally diverted by the company’s chief executive. Now eight years of NFL salary, close to four million dollars, was gone.

Fortunately, Akers has a wife that cares more about relationships than she does about material things. While losing that amount of money hurts, a strange look of relief came over her face. She said, “Thank God. I thought you were going to say you were leaving me or something. As long as we are together, we will be fine.” That unique perspective has helped them approach each day from a position of strength rather than fear. It is my pleasure to announce that David Akers, a married father of three, has become an All Pro Dad NFL Spokesman. Here are 5 thoughts that helped him face his financial problems with courage and resolve.

“Look forward and lead.”

When hard times hit, a person can dwell on the past or move forward. As a husband and father, Akers had to set the tone for the family. It was time to embrace a new day. Things may look different for them now, but that certainly doesn’t mean that they will be worse. The future may feel less secure, but he has chosen to move forward and lead the way with faith and hope. That type of approach has a major impact on the well-being of each family member.

“We always want a little bit more.”

We tend to think, “If only I had (insert object of value), I would be content.” However, once we get that thing, we want something else. The more we get, the more we want, never grateful for what we have. [Tweet This] The cycle has to stop somewhere. Better to stop it now, rather than later.

“We have our family.”

When something traumatic happens, it makes you remember what is truly important. The key to a full life is found in relationships. Material wealth is temporal while relationships are eternal.

“Time to swallow my pride and downsize.”

The whole experience was humbling for Akers. Money and fame bring a feeling of status and accomplishment. That was another thing that was lost. Pride will cause a person to make bad decisions that have repercussions for the whole family. Fortunately for David’s family, he took the road of humility.

“It’s not my money.”

Right before he received the call from the FBI, Akers and his wife had been praying about giving a sizable amount of money to needy families. They had committed to that decision the day before the call came. They believe that the money they have is provided by God and, therefore, not theirs. So even after the huge loss, they still followed through on their commitment. Their faith in God’s provision gives them courage and freedom.

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BJ Foster

BJ Foster is the Director of Content Creation for All Pro Dad and a married father of two.

  • John E Salzman

    For most of this week, I’ve had trouble with trying to share these articles on Pinterest. I get an error message, but it’s covered up with the picture that I select so I can’t see what exactly the error message is, but it’s along the lines of having to do something with the picture itself.

    • BJ_Foster

      Thank you for sharing All Pro Dad content and for letting us know about this issue! We will work on resolving it.

    • Jeremy

      Hey John! The All Pro Dad website has been under heavy attack from hackers in the last few months and has been unstable. In order to keep the site stable we had to put extra security on the site. Unfortunately, the extra security blocks sites like Pinterest and Buffer from pulling images and descriptions from the site. Hopefully we’ll be able to switch servers soon and can disable the extra security. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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