I reach for the black Casio calculator. Now I need a piece of scratch paper. This 3% APR old credit card envelope will do. Now, let’s move the stack of bills to the center of the glass coffee table. This table could use a dusting and some windex.
I use my right index finger to open the bills. Ouch, paper cut, under the fingernail, an irritating spot. One by one I methodically rip them open and place them in one of two piles. The pile to the right is the must pay pile. That is those that are due or incur interest. The other pile is the “it would be nice to pay“, however can wait another fourteen days. The old envelopes get discarded into a cub foods brown bag, to my right. I like to rip them into small pieces. You can’t be too careful with stolen identities these days.
Paying bills is always a stressful time. As we pay our bills don’t we often wish for more money? Just think if you came into a lot of wealth or won the lottery. What was it the other day, 207 million dollars? It sure as heck would beat the life of pay check to pay check.
Wouldn’t it? Hummm… I’m not sure. With excessive money comes an excessive temptation.
However, think of all the luxuries in life you could now afford. That brand new sedan and a bigger house, probably too big for what you really need, but that is ok. All the new friends and prestige you would gain.
You’d be able to live the lifestyle. Jet set around to the coast on a whim. My favorite restaurant is no longer 3 miles away, it is 3000 and I get there by my private jet. I have my own hangar at the airport you know.
Or… I could pay all my bills off and help people. Yeah, that‘s it. You’d help your family members and a select other few. How much would you really help them though? Would you give them the money or pay all their bills or buy them a house? Think of your extended family. That is a lot of people. Who gets the money and who doesn’t. Humph, some tough choices. What happens when that money runs out?
I would give it to charity you say. That is great! All of it! No! Well, why not? I’d keep enough so I would be well off and set for life, you say. I ask, “Well how much is that?”
How much is enough? With new found wealth, do you need the 3 cars, 2 homes, the yacht, every toy your heart has every desired. After you have all those things, then do you give some to charity? All that stuff is pretty expensive. You have property taxes, 2 mortgages, insurance, and airfare back and forth. Wow, that big pile of money doesn’t look so big anymore. Maybe the temptations would be too great and you wouldn’t be as generous as you thought. I would hope this would not be the case, however money changes people.
Do we long or wish for wealth because we are not happy with the gifts that we have? Is our life not good enough? Is there not a bill that keeps the roof over our head, and a one that pays the electricity to keep our food?
Do I not have plenty? Has the Lord not provided me with all I need? If I am in need, then I just need to ask.
I open another bill. I am a very lucky man. Thank you for everything my Lord!