“What is a freedom date?” I can guarantee that question probably does not come up in regular conversation. When is the last time you asked your friend over coffee, “Hey, when is your debt freedom date, again?” Maybe it’s a question we need to ask more often.
Yesterday, I shared a little common myth between the idea of good debt vs. bad debt and in reality how all debt is just debt. Today, I want to share with you why it’s important to get out of debt.
Yesterday, I shared with you a bit of my story of how I unintentionally became a slave to debt and as a result, debt was holding me back from what I felt God was calling me to do. Today, I want to talk about the myth behind good debt, and why there is really no such thing as good debt.
Imagine the weakest of all lights. Now put that light in the darkest place you can think of. What happens? Darkness gives way, and your dim light illuminates what was unseen. Now, imagine the One whose very existence inspired the idea of light. Add Him to your dark room. What happens? The darkest night becomes bright as day. This is what God can do with the darkest part of our hearts and minds. However, when we confess our darkest parts only to God, we tend to slowly cover God’s brightness with shame, pain, and our own selfish desires.
In Pastor Craig’s message this past weekend, he talked about jotting down all the times that the Holy Spirit prompts us so we have an understanding of whether we’re led by the Spirit. When we’re led by the Spirit and we hear His voice, we won’t give in to the desires of the flesh.
When I was a kid, I used to go with my best friend Trevor to an annual overnight lock-in at a local science museum. We always had such a blast learning about electricity, gravity, and earthquakes—but the best part was that at the end of the day, we got to sleep wherever we wanted in the museum.
This week during A Way Out Pastor Craig shared the prayer he prays each morning. Here it is along with an image for you to add as a reminder for your phone or computer!
BAM! Do you ever have one of those moments when a pastor says something that hits you right upside your face? It just happened to me during week one of A Way Out. Pastor Craig said something like, “God will never tempt you, but He will test you. Testing is for promotion, but temptation is for demotion.” Whoa, so good! If God doesn’t tempt us, then where does temptation come from, and how do we stop it?
When I was young, I needed to be convinced of the benefits of following Christ. With so many friends pursuing pleasure in other ways, I had to be reminded often that God’s way was best.
I was in college when I got the call that my mom had cancer. I was walking down a staircase after my economics class. I made it outside to the lawn until I collapsed, weeping. That was almost 10 years ago, but those moments never really leave you.