Two posts in one day, Oh my! The last reblog got me thinking about being relevant and how being relevant take money… so here it goes
I will never be rich. You can bet your bottom dollar that I can not keep up on current trends- I will never be on the cutting edge of technology, fashion or cars, it takes more money than I have or care to invest. I have resigned to the fact that I most likely never be rich, but I will live comfortably.
I have made at or below poverty line for the last three years since registering as single and independent on my taxes. I have been fortunate that my last two internships have provide housing deals and other amenities. God has blessed me with these opportunities, and even though I am not making bank, I am able to live comfortably and focus on ministry and not money.
Money is a great dis tractor from ministry. It is easy to get caught up in costs and expense of living and ministry that we lose focus of God and His will. I have seen that money either personal or church finances can destroy life and ministry. I believe that money ought not be the limiting factor in ministry… but I digress.
I am writing this from a Starbucks were I come probably two or three times a week. It is not the cheapest habit but it is something that I allow myself- I the cheapest cup of coffee and have a gold card that lets me get free refills of coffee. (If this Starbucks go under, I am to cause because of my scheme, I am fairly sure that I make SB lose money, sorry.) This time gets me out of the house and get me away from multimedia computer for I can focus on work and writing. Also it is a place for me to meet with people away from work and home. Point is that Starbucks is a luxury that I could do without and I would save money (A little math: 3x$1.65×4=~$20 a month, ~$240 a year), but I enjoy my time here and it is a “productive” time.
Another luxury I maintain is my gym membership. Could I exercise without it? Yes, I could- but is an accountability thing, “I pay good money for this, I am going to use it, gosh darn it!” plus I enjoy working out in a gym. When I break down cost per use, it is a good investment for me. $45/(5*4)=$2.25 a visit, cheaper than most people’s Starbucks tab. I use the gym 4-5 times a week and I hopefully improving my health to reduce my healthcare costs down the line. For me, this is a good investment. It is also a place for me to engage in my community and do something I enjoy. (See here for my gym blog: zachlift.wordpress.com.)
I am looking to start school this coming fall, I will need to go into major conservation mode- stripping back my expenses. I do not know how that looks yet, but I got to be ready.
I have contemplated no oping my truck and start riding my bike and bumming rides. (Currently, I spend an average of ~$300 a month, including gas, insurance, maintenance, etc) Cars are a necessary evil in California, especial where I am right now- a town with no public transportation and 8 miles from the nearest big box store other than Kmart. The pros of have an working vehicle out weigh the cons…
I am not rich, but I ain’t broke either.
So to bring this back full circle- I will never be rich, but there are ways to live life and enjoy it. You can have amazing and crazy experiences without a bunch of money. It may take time to do make money to take cool trips or to buy those cool toys, but it can be done. Look for enjoyment in simple and *inexpensive* things in life. And where ever you are in your life, live it to the fullest with not regrets and never lose focus of God’s will for you (and me.)