I didn’t mean for yesterday’s post to turn into a battle between Dave Ramsey’s Adoring Fans and his Cautious Skeptics, but alas. So, why not just drag out the discussion for one more day, eh?
I won’t repeat everything that was said in the comments. Read the thread here if you’d like. And I’m not going to think through what I write so much as just let it all out. Won’t that be fun?
Here’s the deal. Gabe and I have some debt that we’d love to get rid of (and we’re working toward that end). But what will our next step be after that? Save enough money so that we can be comfortable come what may? Or lay everything on the line and adopt a sense of urgency because the poor are all around us, and Jesus has commanded us to care for them?
Do I have the logistics of this all figured out? No. Do I think there’s one right way to do this thing? No. But, the older I get, the more squeamish I get when I hear about people spending lots of money on themselves while people around the world have NOTHING.
I do see the importance of having an “emergency fund,” I really do. But honestly? I don’t want a “cushion.” I want God to be my cushion. And without being judgmental, but just realizing my own human, controlling tendencies, I know how tempting it is to want my bases covered JUST IN CASE. I don’t ever want to be in a position where I might have to–gasp!–trust God fully and completely to provide for me. I want to be my own savior.
I’m telling you, it’s hard to spend time in a developing country like Cambodia and not get your world rocked. These people live hand to mouth, minute to minute. Some do okay, some don’t. Some live, some don’t. But there is such a HUGE gap between what they’re able to be content with and what I’m “able” to be content with. I don’t like that gap.
A book by “another Dave” (David Platt) took my breath away last year, and I’ve never really gotten it back. I just cringe at anything that smacks of the American Dream, of pursuing a comfortable, happy life.
Lots more thoughts wreaking havoc in my brain, but I feel compelled to shush for now. It’s not like I’ve solved anything in the last 400 words anyway.
And besides, I know you’ve been waiting on PINS AND NEEDLES for this video (if you haven’t already seen it on Facebook). So without further ado… I “proudly” present…
The Taviano Family Purpose Statement Jingle-Style!
Gabe: I can’t believe you talked me into that, Marla.
Have a great Thursday, friends!
p.s. In the interest of full disclosure, I just reserved 6 of Dave Ramsey’s “Must-Reads” at the library (including 2 written by Dave himself). See? Not a hater. 🙂