Over the last few weeks, I’ve been convinced that I need to take a stronger stance against debt and offer more resources for people who are in debt. I feel like I need to point out both the seriousness and ludicrosity (yes, I made up that word) of debt.
As I’ve been working on my call for simple living and generous giving (in the form of a book called Transforming Your Financial Diet: 7 Steps to Simple Living & Generous Giving), I’ve found that time and time again debt frustrated the system I’m suggesting. (The eBook will be released on February 21st, 2011 and it will only be on sale for 10 days.)
I know there are folks who have so many positive things to say about debt and what it can offer you and extend to you. However, debt is a robber. It robs your freedom. It dictates too many decisions for too many people.
Yes, of course there are reasons to take on debt. However, sometimes we make excuses into reasons.
No, I didn’t put together this post to make those of you with debt feel bad, but to make you take a long, hard look and ask yourself some serious questions:
- Does it ever inhibit me from doing things I feel called to do?
- Would I be able to give more if I did not have debt?
- Was it taken to do things for the glory of the kingdom of God?
If you are in debt, I want to encourage you to make debt repayment an important focus.
Here are a few suggested articles for those of you who are interested:
Do those of you with debt agree or disagree with me? Has debt brought more joy or more hardship to your life?