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It's not for you to say!

A few months back I was talking to a friend of mine, and they were sharing how they got a new car by turning in their other car which was about 5 months of being paid off. They explained to me their reasoning and that should have been the end of it. I wanted to get into a lengthy conversation about that decision, but my spirit said, be quiet.  As I sat there trying to understand and formulate my mind to their reasoning, my mind shifted. I then thought of my own financial obligations, and I heard God say, what works for them might not necessarily work for you and you need to be okay with it. They are living their life the best way they know how, and you are doing the same. Not too many of us have it all figured out so why do we act like we do? 

It’s so easy for us to want to judge someone else's choices in life by the way we do the same things. I think for some of us, growing up in ministry and adapting to the holier than thou attitude can steer us wrong in our perception and judgement of others.  We like to think we have all the answers, especially if it doesn't line up with the word of God, but we don't and we are not perfect. We are all just people who are trying to navigate this life we are living and keeping our heads above water. There is a story in the bible found in Matthew 25:14-30 and it talks about the 5 talents. It’s a story about a master who gives his servants different amounts of property, or talent, based on their abilities before he leaves on a long journey.  Basically, God has blessed each one of us in different ways, and we all move differently on earth and depending on how we move in life it can cause a negative outcome.

I don't always make the right decisions when it comes to spending. I don't utilize my credit cards like you are supposed to. Sometimes when I use my credit cards it is because I don't have the money to get what I need. So, I will charge it and pay it down over time.  I am good about paying my card bill each month, but rarely am I able to pay the entire balance off.  I have come to learn from my studies and watching a few of my closest friends who are well off financially how I should use credit cards to my advantage the way they do. I would love to operate that way, but that would force me to get another job so that I could get more income and be able to pay all of my debt off.  I won't be able to utilize my cards in my favor until I have them paid completely off. Hence using my card to pay my mortgage, utilities, and groceries and then paying it off each month because those are regular bills. But don't count me out because I am working it out, slowly but surely. 

All I am saying by this post, is it’s not for us to speak on how other people utilize their money. All we can do is make sure we are taking care of our own responsibilities and don't be one of those people who want to offer advice on a money situation unless you are asked to do so.  Most of the time, people are just venting or explaining what works for them. Be a supportive ear instead of a judgmental mouth. It’s up to us to show each other and ourselves grace and keep pressing ahead toward the goals that we set for ourselves.

Sending you love, light and positive vibes,

Cassie K.

"Always remember to LIVE life to the fullest, to LAUGH at everything and to LOVE unconditionally!"

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