This is a guest post by Bill G. Page. He is the author of Making Money Work: A Christian Guide For Personal Finance.
While driving down the road the other day, I saw a car that looked very similar to this one:
The first thought that came to my mind was why???? But then I realized I am probably just getting old. I’m quite sure my Dad asked me why many times when I was younger.
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete. This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. – 1 John 1:1-5
We were up early on Saturday morning to begin getting things out of the garage and in the drive-way for our garage/yard sale (funny, I never really know what to call them, garage sale or yard sale). Our sale started at 7:00am. I opened the garage door at 6:30am to begin setting stuff out, and people were already waiting. I was selling items before I could even get them out of the garage!
We sold a number of the items we purchased at the auction we attended a few weeks ago. The love seat I purchased for $1 sold for $5, and we sold a number of the miscellaneous dishes and glass items be bought for a $1 for far more than $1.
We’ve decided to clean house, and I don’t mean dust and vacuum (although the glblgal did that too). As you may or may not know, we have 6 children, 5 boys and a girl. Our house while not small by any means has been getting a bit cramped lately with stuff. So earlier this week we decided to do a little shifting around and do a major clean-out of our stuff. Tricia’s book review of Debt is Slavery and in particular the following quote really lit the fire under me to really really clean house:
Leo Babauta of Zen Habits published a guest post over on Get Rich Slowly since J.D. is on vacation. Leo’s post is about eliminating debt using large bursts instead of paying off debt gradually. Now of course the best way is to do both. Leo’s article has some great ideas and is something everyone working on getting out of debt (or trying to save) should read.
One thing that I have started doing is making payments on my debt whenever I can. NCN over at the No Credit Needed blog got me started on this concept. He also recently posted about the topic as well.
We did something interesting and different yesterday, we attended an Estate auction. This was my first auction, and it was both a wonderful experience and a great deal of fun!
First I was really surprised that there weren’t more people. Just guessing here, but at most there were probably about 40 people and lots of empty chairs.
There was an assortment of items like I had never seen, including very old and valuable antiques, jewlery, furniture, toys, clothes, books, and tons of other items. There was even a pastor’s robe and choir gowns!
Proverbs 22:7 – The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is servant to the lender.
I have read this verse many many times, and thought until a few minutes ago that I fully understood it’s meaning. I received another harsh reminder today of how true this verse really is and how much wisdom it truly contains.