Money, work and debt are three topics that can frequently be found together in a single discussion.
Ideally, for a happy discussion money is sufficient, work is good, and debt is just a part of our history. When any or all of these elements are at odds with our dreams or control our dreams, they can stand between us and God.
Lying close behind our personal idols can be the “burdens of financial worry.” Mike Slaughter is focusing on ‘controllable’ debt (as opposed to debt resulting from tragedy or misfortune). We have a choice as far as how we react to these worries. These worries can rise up and consume us or they can help direct us toward a stronger relationship with God. Debt can be the result of living beyond our means. It can be real or imagined. ‘Real debt’ can come from bigger TVs, bigger houses and nicer cars and ‘imagined’ debt can be the result of a personal commitment to a bigger lifestyle. As debt grows beyond our means we are giving control to other people and other things and missing a chance to give control back to God.
It is suggested by the author that our culture seems to have some strange associations with WORK.
There are so many people in the United States that desperately want a job, while there are many of us with jobs, that seem focused on getting past Wednesdays and on to Fridays as quickly as we can. In this next lesson it is proposed that from God’s perspective, “work is a gift”. What we should be directing our efforts toward is not ‘income’, but ‘outcome’. On the way to our jobs we might want to think about realizing the potential that God created in each of us. On the way home we could consider that God sees us as empowered to be part of God’s plan, benefitting us through feelings of fulfillment and benefitting others from the services we all provide during a work day and the way we provide them.
– Roger Blocher