And a first cousin to greed is a little thing called vanity. A lot of our bad borrowing happens when we buy stuff we don’t need, with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t even know. That’s bad!

Ask Yourself, “What is My Ability to Repay?”

It may seem intuitive that when we borrow money we have to give it back. But remember, our culture does all it can to keep us from thinking about that little fact. After all, that’s the depressing thing about borrowed money.

For a lot of Christians, money pain happens when we listen to what the world tells us to do. Madison Avenue, Detroit, and Wall Street all encourage us to go into debt regularly. They tell us, “Ninety days are the same as cash.”  “No payments until…”  “Don’t worry; you’ll get a Christmas bonus.” 

The trouble is ninety days is not the same as cash! And there will be payments due before 2084! That’s when today’s instant gratification becomes tomorrow’s bondage.

The truth is, I’ve never been to a restaurant that is worth it. Did you know that if you’re paying the minimum on $4,000 of credit card debt (about a third of what many families now owe), it will take you over twenty years to pay that off? Some of us have made payments this month on meals that we ate during the Reagan Administration! That’s dumb debt!

The season of gift-giving is going into high gear. Prepare now to buy only what you can afford so years from now you won't still be paying off Christmas of '07!

Steve Diggs presents the No Debt No Sweat! Christian Money Management Seminar at churches and other venues nationwide. Visit Steve on the Web at or call 615-834-3063. The author of several books, today Steve serves as a minister for the Antioch Church of Christ in Nashville. For 25 years he was President of the Franklin Group, Inc. Steve and Bonnie have four children whom they have home schooled. The family lives in Brentwood, Tennessee.

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