There are a million blog posts dedicated to saving you money: How to feed your family for cheap, DIY all your home improvement projects, and squeeze every ounce out of each dollar you make.
And I don’t know if it’s their intention or if it’s just my perception, but I always feel a teeny bit of guilt when I see another money-saving post come across my feed.
Because I do the exact opposite.
I spend a lot of money. A LOT. And while I used to feel guilty about it, I refuse to anymore.
You see, I looked into it. While it’s Biblical to exercise financial wisdom, it’s also condemned to be miserly. Though many in the Christian culture praise frugality as a virtue and demonize lavish spending, I don’t think that’s fair – and I certainly don’t think it’s Biblical. In fact, a person’s approach to money is a heart issue. The person who pinches every penny can make money an idol just as much as the person who places their identity in their high-priced possessions.
I know the money I have is not mine to hold, and I refuse to put the whole of my security in my net worth. Yes, we have more than many. Yes, we spent years scrimping and saving. Yes, I’m certainly glad that season of life is over.
And yes, I know it’s entirely possible for us to end up there again.
But for now, I’m going to keep spending my money. When I go Christmas shopping, I’ll buy toys for my kids at the local shop down the road instead of on Amazon, even though I know I can get it there much cheaper. When our church collects a special offering for a ministry in need of funds, I’ll write a check. When your child knocks on my door for their school or sports fundraiser, I’ll happily buy whatever they’re selling – even though I don’t need it. And when I need work done on my home, I’ll call our friend who’s self-employed as a contractor rather than trying to do it myself or calling around to get the cheapest price.
We still make a budget every month, just like we did in the days when it was necessary for survival. But now, there are just a few more zeros in the “giving” and “miscellaneous” columns. And I’ll use that money to bless others, support local businesses, and – yes – support the economy in much less “noble” ways.
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