Last night I went to my ladies Bible study at church. We’re studying John, the beloved disciple, but last night there was a little section on Peter. A section that spoke to me.
After Jesus died & rose again, the disciples were in a boat fishing. They saw a man on shore, and when they realized the man was Jesus, Peter jumped out of the boat and swam to shore. He loved Jesus so much that he didn’t care what the others thought of him.
Bear with me for a few more minutes. This isn’t a sermon, I promise. Believe me when I say I’m no preacher!
I got to thinking. Obviously the lesson was about devotion to Jesus and whether I love him so much that I don’t care what others think. I’m working on that. I still care a little bit too much about what others will think of me.
But this is a lesson easily applied to frugality as well. Especially for someone like me who is frugal, because I want to be a good steward of what the Lord has given me. It all ties together.
How influenced (or not) are you by what others think? Are you convicted enough about your financial goals that you don’t care? Or do you find yourself spending money, because you’re afraid of what others will think of you? Are you like Peter, who was willing to make a fool of himself, because of his deep conviction and belief?
Would you be OK with driving an older car, if it meant you didn’t have car payments? Would you be OK with renting a house, instead of buying, because you want to save a big down payment? Are you OK with shopping at thrift stores, when everyone else is wearing brand names? How about Christmas shopping? Do you feel pressure to spend a certain amount?
I’m pretty comfortable with my frugality. Most of the time I don’t care what other people think of my frugal ways. After all, Dave Ramsey says to live like no one else today, so you can live like no one else tomorrow.
For those of you who aren’t big Dave Ramsey fans, what he means is that if you cut your budget to the max today so you can get out of debt (even if your friends think you’re weird), you’ll be able to live a financially secure future. Your house will be paid for and your retirement will be taken care of, while those who were spending left and right earlier are scrimping to get by. It’s a good concept.
So when it comes to frugality, I’m swimming in the sea, happily making a fool of myself. Now I just have to take that attitude and apply it to my faith.
So how about you? Do you care what others think of your frugality? Or is peer pressure something you struggle with?
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