I don’t live in debt – it’s a principle I’ve lived by with my husband since we married in 1984. We simply don’t put anything on our credit card that we can’t pay the bill for when it comes. We have learned to make things last and reuse and recycle. When living in Africa it was commonplace to recycle ziploc bags and even aluminum foil if it wasn’t “too used.” I learned to live this way out of necessity; aluminum foil and ziplock bags (if available) were pricey and our budget was limited.
Nowadays I can easily buy ziplock bags and aluminum foil – but I still use them with great discretion. Why waste money? It takes work to earn money, I don’t want to throw away the work I’ve expended needlessly. Now a cup of coffee is another story…a cup of coffee is not a waste and definitely a story for another day!
I pay my debts quickly and in full.
We are in the middle of our first week of our 21 day fast. We do this at the first of every year and it has been a great season so far. This fast, for me, is a part of paying a debt that I owe:
Romans 8:12,13 ESV “So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”
Living for God, living according to HIs Spirit’s leading is a debt that, if I don’t pay it, will leave me wanting greatly. There’s no way to fully pay this debt while I’m here on this earth – it’s a debt that I must pay not just during our 21 day fast, but daily. I’ve learned, though, that unlike financial debt, it is not a burden to pay. In fact, it’s a great joy to pay.
My own desires are also another debt that can never be fulfilled for the moment one desire is fulfilled, another comes to take its place. It’s for this reason that I’ve found fasting to be the only debt that, if I pay it daily, cancels out my needs to pay the debts to my soul, my own desires. When I pay this “spirit debt” everything else somehow is satisfied. Paying that debt down gives me patience, satisfaction, and joy with what I have – I don’t need more for I have enough!
We’re nearing the end of our first week of our yearly 21 day fast – I’m paying down my debt. Why not join me?