I salivate over a pair of gorgeous purple stiletto heels and nice expensive hairdos as much as the next woman, but if there is a debt to be paid, we’ve got to be like Ramsey, and sport that gazelle-meaning focus in more on paying off debt. Debt whether consumer, medical, school or otherwise doesn’t determine our lives but should determine our spending habits.
It takes a great deal of self-control to pay off debt and it may feel like a never-ending rat race, but to flourish in this season of your life requires financial freedom. Not freedom to roll through Walmart, Target or Ross like a boss, tossing every shiny, pretty thing in your cart (Just Throw it in the bag!), but, as Romans 13 instructs, pay off what you owe and let our only debt be one of loving each other. That’s a debt we can afford.
Our culture or society attempts to convince us that our debt is an acceptable way to live in our hunt for the latest gadget and gizmo, but if the debt is building then our savings and means to give dwindles. Especially in those early selfish years of twenties and thirties, while still in shock of how hard being an adult really is, it’s a good rule of thumb to live simply and give lavishly. Times of both plenty and want mark our lives, but wisdom tells us to pay our debts, live with what we have, don’t spend what we don’t have, and make room for generosity.
It’s easy to slip into a pool of jealousy over what others around us have. In high school, we spewed over another girl’s clothes and sneaker collection, but as grown women, we covet their cars, handbags, houses, hair and disposable incomes. Before we know it we’re charging our cards with the basic of “must haves” like our manicures, pedicures, fill-Ins, braids, relaxer, sew-Ins, & $20 salads.
We don’t have to live like that. We walk in self-control, honor, and integrity as we pay off debt and flourish in this season of life, no matter how much is in our checking account. (What’s in you wallet?)
“Render therefore to all their dues: a tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:7-8 KJV