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Topic: REDUCE (11/05/15)
- TITLE: A Drastic Decision
By Sharon Eastman
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The reason for my woe: today my husband and I are going to file bankruptcy. How did this dismal situation happen to us? Oh, I wish I could win the lottery, the solution to everyone’s problems these days.
Long ago in the 70s my husband, Jim, and I were young and full of promises, hopes and dreams. But our shot gun wedding shot a hole into our finances from the beginning. We could never catch up nor get ahead.
But fortune finally struck. Jim earned an apprenticeship from our local carpenters union and landed a lucrative position as a construction supervisor for a small but growing construction firm. He did well, and we kept a budget but to no avail. Little did we perceive the damage lay-offs and injuries would cost. (We weren’t Christians at the time and didn’t tithe.) We still managed to maintain a beautiful bungalow in a modest suburb and support two children.
Then disaster struck. I, at age 27, developed a mental illness, schizo-affective disorder, a mood disease. I suffered for ten long years with psychotic episodes and hospitalizations. After that time the doctors discovered the correct medications, and I have been able to maintain a healthy mental state for more than thirty years. I also accepted Jesus Christ, God and Physician, as my personal Lord and Savior.
Despite my improved health, I was never able to work outside the home again. I have never received governmental disability benefits due to my marital status and work history. Therefore, we had to exist on a one income family in a two income family society. This really placed a damper on our finances.
In the twilight of our lives, a time to ponder retirement and the future, we became victims of the Deep Recession. Jim lost his job. Our income was greatly reduced. Unemployment benefits, cash savings, 401Ks and insurance policies only last so long. But the bills kept sneaking in and piling up. The Deep Recession sealed our financial doom.
I’ve heard the prosperity gospel, which I think is foolishness. Humans can’t bribe God or tell him what to do; He gives blessings to all Christians in forms of good health, emotional security and prosperity.
The Year of the Jubilee as described and commanded by God in Lev. 23:15-16 and Lev. 25:8-11 (KJV) corrected the debt problem long ago. These passages describe a rite by which the Jew’s debts are forgiven and land dispersed every fifty years – the Year of Jubilee.
Although this celebration isn’t practiced today, I have suggestions for other forms of debt reduction. It would be pleasant to have a year free from income taxes. Or it would be better to cancel sales taxes and stop inflation. Instead of a certainty of death and taxes, let us have life and prosperity. But as Jesus states in Matt. 26:11 (KJV), “For you have the poor always with you, but me ye have not always.”
I tired of this bitter, sorrowful reverie. I turned off my computer and turned off my thoughts. I know that coveting and envying and greed are sins. If we do these things, we miss and neglect the blessings God has provided us. I prayed for forgiveness and thanked God for the blessings I have: shelter, food, transportation, but most of all my beloved, cherished family.
My bitterness vanished, and I took Jim’s hand. The only solution was bankruptcy.
Bankruptcy isn’t the end of life. It’s a type of forgiveness protected by the U.S. government to help people in adversity. It’s a new beginning. After all, “But my God shall supply all your *need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:19 (KJV)
*need – something that a person must have; something that is needed in order to live/Merriam-Webster
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