In this economic world that we live in, it can be not only difficult to take care of your family financially but because of media promoting more “stuff” surrounding us everywhere we are all affected by the temptation to want more: You want a bigger house or a nicer car. You can be very tempted to build an offense towards others and even God himself. We want what we don’t have and aren’t happy with what we do have. The Bible calls this covetousness. It’s an epidemic in the world we live in. My husband and I along with our daughter had been saving for quite some time for a car for her to drive. She had asked me to look for a Honda and if I could find a “blue one” that would be her dream car. Do you know how hard it is to find a used “blue Honda” in the price range we were working with? Over
My husband and I along with our daughter had been saving for quite some time for a car for her to drive. She had asked me to look for a Honda and if I could find a “blue one” that would be her dream car. Do you know how hard it is to find a used “blue Honda” in the price range we were working with? Over time I found the “car of her dreams”. Because of our excitement, we quickly looked it over, drove it down the road and bought it. We paid cash and drove away. Little did we know we had just been scammed because the car had been in an accident and was so compromised it was deemed by a mechanic as “unsafe” for anyone to drive. My mind began spiraling down. We had just spent our daughter’s savings. At first, I was obviously crazy angry at the guy for deceiving us but alarm and dread rose up in my heart and I was more angry that we didn’t have more finances to buy her another car.
I thought about friends who recently bought their kids “new” cars. It wasn’t about the car anymore it was more about how the car triggered something so ugly and deep in my heart. I realized I didn’t always trust God in my finances and the car deal unlocked that secret part of my heart and stopped me in my tracks. Wow, I was coveting and that’s much easier to do than trust God.
It’s ugly and feels terrible and I certainly didn’t want my daughter to see this side of me or be this way herself. I also knew that how I walked through this would influence my daughter in how she walked through it. Even in my family I had to remember that I am leading. So after gathering my emotions, I knew what I needed to do….Go to the Word.
Hebrews 13:5-6 “God first gives us a warning: Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money (covetousness) and be satisfied with your present (circumstances and with what you have); Then if we are obedient to the warning, He gives us a promise: for He Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down. So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my helper, I will not be seized with alarm. (I will not fear or dread or be terrified). What can man do to me?”
Wow, that was a come to Jesus moment. I made my decision to stop coveting which gets me nowhere quick and boldly trust the Lord. As it turned out we found a mechanic who could repair the damage and we didn’t have to dump the entire car. He gave us a great deal and my daughter is driving her “blue, dream car”. Pick yourself up by your bootstraps as my mom used to say. Remember, as a leader, make bold decisions to follow God in the worst of situations. You never know who’s watching!
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