Thursday, March 22, 2007

Now Go Be Content

Blog-friend Anne Jackson has done it again. Relevant Magazine published another one of her articles. Jackson's has a way with turning a phrase that is real world-practical and humble all at the same time.

For me personally, her article is a timely one. My wife and I are working our way through Crown Financial Ministry curriculum with friends in a small group study so Jackson's piece really hits home.
My first encounter with this unfriendly beast was after a company dinner several years ago. I realized how inadequate my wardrobe looked compared to my coworkers’. And as I waited for the valet to bring my car around, I realized how inadequate my little red Cavalier looked compared to a never-ending stream of BMWs, Lexuses and the occasional Mercedes.

A week later, I caved in and purchased an expensive convertible sports car—and the wardrobe to go with it. At just 20 years of age, I accumulated almost $40,000 in debt in a little over a year. The Little Green Monster had chased me, tackled me and bit me—hard.

What I expected was never-ending happiness, now that I had the perfect car and the perfect clothes. Instead, a flood of credit card bills inundated me. Not only was I running from the Little Green Monster, bill collectors were chasing after me too. And as I tried my hardest to beat them down the road, I never managed to escape them biting at my heels.

HT: Anne Jackson; Relevant Magazine


Shaun Sells said...

I hate debt. In fact, I hate it so much that I have been calling it sin. One of the other pastors here called me on it recently and asked me to prove it Biblically. To my surprise, after studying it out a little bit I found that it was always pointed out to be a negative thing, but not expressly sin.

I do think that debt is often a result of sin, in most cases coveting.

Just food for thought.

Anonymous said...

My church uses Crown Financial a lot--teaches it several times a year, and has even started teaching it in some of the countries where we support church-planter pastors, like Ghana. India, too, I think.

I have not taken the course, because by the time I knew anything about it, we were nearly out of debt--which we accomplished last July.