Depths of Debt
[mk_dropcaps style="fancy-style"]I[/mk_dropcaps]nstant gratification is a plague that is running rampant in society. With so much information, methods of communication, and the pace of our society we easily can get wrapped up in having the latest and greatest gadget, trinket or treasure as fast as possible. But at what cost to our future? The small little things really are the big things. Let me ask you this: Would you want to have just one day of fun or a lifetime of abundance and blessings? My guess is you would pick the later of the two. Which begs the question: Do your behaviors actually match up with this desire? If you had asked me the last question just 3 years ago the answer would be a definite no. Today, I would say yes but am still a work in progress. I no longer am bound by past poor decisions that were only for the benefit of the moment I made them in. That is the thing with instant gratification, the craving can feel so massive, but the return is minimal. Debt is an epidemic in our culture today because we are bombarded with options at lightning speed. They are flashy and alluring, but their benefits go as quickly as they come. When we live a life marked by habits that feed instant gratification over time we will restrict ourselves more and more we end up with fewer and fewer options due to limited resources. Why does this happen? That is easy to identify. Lack of identity and purpose.
The depth of the debt epidemic is a desire to fill a hole that only God can fill. We seek gadgets and experiences to define us rather than finding who defines us. For those of you who are Christians take debt as a reminder for the important role you play to boldly share the gospel. Not that we need to look very hard to find the broken and hurting of this world, but this is another area that we see the lost crying out for a savior. I believe at the heart of this issue comes having a deeper understanding of who we are and what we are made to do.
In scripture it says "without a vision the people cast off restraint."(Proverbs 29:18) Many do not have a vision for their finances so they bind themselves to one who will give them a vision. We do not serve MasterCard (though the name would like you to believe you do). We are born and built to submit to only one person our Heavenly Father. When you have a bigger vision for your life you will have a bigger vision for your money than just instant gratification. You will be able to lay a hold of the truths of Ecclesiastes 3:1 that says:
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When we know whose we are and we know why we are it is easier to walk out the importance not just of what we do but the timing in which we do it. How we know the right timing? That comes from developing a deeper intimacy with Him who has our best interest at heart. But to be honest often times it is not about making the right decision. Rather it is making a decision and then making it right as we allow God to direct us. When you know the word of God and his principles we sometimes can only make the best decision we know to make in that moment.
Debt is an avoidable trap. At it's deepest depth the reason we fall into debt is due to a lack of understanding of our identity and purpose. If you have debt I pray for a deeper revelation of your eternal destiny and identity as a child of God. You are not bad for having debt. We are all works in progress. It is easier to go through the process of becoming and remaining debt free when we remember why it is important. One reason being how much more impact and influence you could have if you were free from the restrictions debt brings.