New Journey Fellowship
|Posted on February 24, 2015 at 7:45 PM|
February 1, 2015
So far we have written about:
1. Saving money is hard. & 2. Owing Money is Dumb.
As you remember we ended last week with the fact that Proverbs 22:7 tells us that the one who borrows becomes a slave to the one who lends. But what do you do if you are the one who has become a slave. Proverbs 6 tells us that we should give no sleep to our eyelids and that we should: "Escape like a gazelle from a hunter, like a bird from a fowler’s trap."Prov 6:7 (HCSB)
Well, if this is true then we must save like our lives depends on it. This brings us to point #3:
3. Saving Money must be a priority.
As I’ve said before, in the past whenever I tried to save money there just never seemed to be enough to save. By the time we had paid all the bills there was never any left. In fact, there were many occasions when there wasn't even enough money to pay all the bills. That's when the credit cards came into play. We would subsidize our income by using a credit card to pay for the things that we just couldn't afford. The plan (of course) was that we would catch up just as soon as we got a little extra income. Of course the problem was, that whenever we got a little extra there was always something that we just couldn't live without. Something that if we didn't take advantage of now, we would just miss out forever and we certainly wouldn't want that to happen.
Well, if we are to change the cycle then we need to change our priorities, and saving has to become one of those New priorities. We need to save as if it is a matter of life and death. It's funny how that changes things. For example, if you only had $10.00 and you had a medical condition that required you to buy medicine to stay alive and that medicine cost $10 would you stop by Starbucks on the way to the Drug Store? I kind of doubt it. Would you stop and buy yourself a Coke? NO way. What if the medicine were for your spouse, what if it was for your child? Would that change things? What if the medicine was for your whole family and if you didn't get the it your whole family would die. Do you think that coke would be that important?
Well, in the past, if a person had a debt that he could not pay his whole family could be sold in to slavery. Now I realize that that doesn't happen today, or does it? Do we not see people who are enslaved in poverty because of foolish decisions? If we want to see real change we must be willing to make personal sacrifices. We may need to give up cable, drive an older car and even give up our smart phone. But if we will save like our lives depend on it we will change our future.
- Pastor Tim