The Dangers of Debt


Are you willing to be teachable as you face dealing with debt?

The topic of debt is of utmost importance to me. I want to give you with just one thought that covers far more than the topic of debt.

The thought (or question) is this: are you teachable?  

In my experience with my children and grandchildren, I believe that there are two types of learners in the world: those who learn by experience and those who are wise enough to accept advice and counsel. God, in His mercy, will teach us His truth fully and relentlessly as we follow Him. However, the means by which that truth is delivered to us (and the pain involved in the delivery) has much to do with our teachability (our humility before Him).

Right now, I have several grandchildren who have their drivers’ permits. It’s frightening to ride with any of them! However, I can see that a few of them will likely avoid major traffic violations and accidents, because they are being teachable in their time of learning. On the flip side, a few of them will probably need to learn the hard way, through being pulled over or even through having fender benders. Only then will they realize that the driving instruction their parents gave them was really true and accurate.

God (and those in authority over us) offers us His wisdom as a means to freedom and protection. As we follow His precepts now (or follow the advice and counsel of our parents or wise mentors), we set ourselves up for freedom and protection later.

Debt is not a sin. Debt does rob us of freedom. Debt can also be a pathway or facilitator of other places of bondage, such as materialism. Please tread very, very carefully as you enter into debt. Please be teachable, so that you can live a life of true, long-term freedom. This is my prayer for you today!

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