New Journey Fellowship
|Posted on March 2, 2015 at 12:45 AM|
Windfalls are Dangerous!
I remember when I was just a kid I used to hear the expression: "I just can't wait till my ship comes in." Or I would hear people say: "When my ship comes I'll..."and they would follow that by saying that they would do anything from taking a trip to Europe to buying a new car. It was a way of saying: ‘if I could some how come into a large sum of money, it would fix all my problems.’ In those days, the expression was used more as a joke than anything else. In today's "give me" society, things have somewhat changed. I am afraid that far too often people truly do look for some windfall to come their way and solve all their problems. Even if that is not true of us individually, we have all longed for our Tax Refund so that we could ______ (you fill in the blank).
Of course, sometimes windfalls do happen. Whether, it comes in the form of a tax refund, an Insurance Settlement, or an inheritance, we do on occasion come into unexpected, or at least extra money, but that is not always a good thing. As I see it, one of the problems with getting a "windfall" is that it just never seems to be big enough. Far too often, we run out of money, before we run out of plans. When this happens it is way too easy for us to justify using the money for a down payment assuming that the payments will not be that bad, never fully realizing the full impact on our monthly budget for the full length of the loan. Now I realize that sometimes this can be a good thing. For example, when a couple has been planning on and saving a down payment for a new house. But far to often they adjust their dreams upward, and rather than the money being a blessing it brings years of struggle, heartache and pain.
- Pastor Tim