Fascinations with Procrastination

31 07 2009


Photo courtesy of Mark & the Zebra

Before this recession and the downturn in the economy. It seemed like the hardest thing in the world to get someone to put away money in an emergency fund. But as the unemployment numbers have swelled, so too has the sense of urgency to stash the cash… y’know just in case.

But at the same time, some… no MANY people still refuse to make any serious changes to their approach towards their financial behaviors.

I sometimes find it interesting to study the conditions under which we are forced to shift gears and move into an uncomfortable situation (saving) to avoid the effects of another uncomfortable situation (compulsive spending/shopping, living check-to-check, living the good live, etc.) — even when we know it was the right thing to do all along, and also know that it will put us in a far better position moving forward.

Okay, I just used alot of words to say very little, let me bottom-line it for you lol. We don’t like to change until we HAVE to.

Now, please dont feel like I’m picking on you, trust me when I say this applies to me most of all.

When my car is running strong I dont take nearly as much care to maintain it as when it’s giving me trouble. And the same goes with my finances. It took a MAJOR situation before my wife and I decided that we NEEDED to get out of debt completely. Before that event, we were already settling into the “minimum payment mode” on all our accounts.

But once we were faced with that situation, it put us in a place where we really had no choice but to get all the way out of debt and stop digging ourselves deeper or dragging it out any further.
I can’t wait for the day that I’ll be able to share exactly what that situation was. Hopefully my wife will give me the greenlight someday. But I know for now that it’s still too fresh and close to home even though the actual situation was resolved long ago.

Er… but back to the point I was trying to make… ah what was it?

We don’t like to change until we HAVE to!

Romans 13:8 puts it this way (NIV):

“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellow man has fulfilled the law.”

And verse 11 continues:

“And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.”

See, there really is no time to waste because most of us truly know what ‘time’ it is. For this year my church leadership selected the phrase “Now is the Time” as the theme for this year’s ministerial focus. And although this year is now more than half-way over, I still want to offer those words as something for you to consider…

NOW IS THE TIME!

@W

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