Remarkable timing

In November of 2013, I wrote a post about debt, faith, and freedom. I was surprised this past February – of 2018 – to receive an email message from the Christian magazine Activated, requesting permission to publish the article.  When told that it would be published in September, I was struck by the incredible timing involved. 

“We’re still a long way from paying off our debt …” I wrote nearly 5 years ago. “Time will tell if we maintain the discipline necessary to keep things going in a positive direction once we’re out of the red. Time will tell if we use our growing financial freedom well and generously or if we squander it foolishly.” A bit of a haunting question to be asked now – in September of 2018 – our month of complete debt-freedom.

Activated edited my original post and gave it a more succinct title:

Debt Reduction and Wealthbuilding

Reading the blogs of other people fighting debt helps me keep my resolve in focused debt reduction. As I browse articles that relate to where we’re at in our journey out of debt, I often sift out those to do with investments and savings. There is an overlap between writings on the subject of debt reduction and those on the subject of wealth building, and while I’m 100% in when it comes to eliminating debt, I struggle with the concept of building wealth. Where I associate debt reduction with becoming responsible, exercising discipline, and cleaning up my act, I have tended to associate wealth building exclusively with greed and selfishness.

A few years ago, I wrote a post explaining how faulty interpretations of certain Bible passages had taken root in me long ago, leading me to associate money and rich people with all that is bad.1

It can be touchy to quote the Bible when sharing a personal issue—like personal debt—because it can alienate the listener or the reader. But debt reduction is many-layered, and leaving out the spiritual side of it gives an incomplete picture of the experience. A colleague of mine who reads my blog and who is not Christian told me last year, after reading the post mentioned above, “You’re one of the few people who can quote the Bible without leaving me angry.” That gives me

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Don’t you think it’s cool this particular post, which I wrote almost 5 years ago, was published this particular month? Have you had to deal with a negative attitude towards building wealth? Your comments are welcome.

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  1. Sounds like things are coming full circle. I love it! I have run into some negative attitudes when talking about money and building wealth. I really think it comes from a place of ignorance. The other parties don’t want to feel ashamed and want you to agree with them about their misfortune or mistakes with money. The “we’re all in this together” type approach. They really just don’t understand there’s a better way.

    1. For me, there was definitely what you describe, but there was also a money guilt – a sense that it was morally inferior to focus on money or try to gain wealth. Ironically, that guilt dug my head-in-financial-sand even deeper than it already was, and led me to be unable to give generously – while feeling moral because I wasn’t focusing on money. So messed up! No more of that.

    1. I think so too! Especially since it is all about valuing freedom – including debt-freedom 🙂

  2. Is your post getting published at the exact end of your debt journey serendipity, or is it God? 🙂
    Ruth, your future as a writer is becoming more and more clear.

    Being able to give to others from your abundance is the true gift of wealth. We have been able to bless people in need over the past couple of years, and their heartfelt shock and gratitude is the best high imaginable! I wish I was a millionaire – it would be mostly given away.

    1. Isn’t that timing amazing? I think you and I both choose the same answer to your question 🙂 Given your happiness in blessing others with the wealth you have acquired in debt-freedom, I truly hope you will become a millionaire. Thank you, Nancy.

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