Finding Contentment in My Old Car
My 2010 Corolla is nothing to look at. It has many “battle scars”, from the time my wife took out a stop sign sliding on an ice patch, to the extensive hail damage that totaled the car. Colorado and its weather have not been kind to our vehicles. Even though I do not enjoy looking at my car, I do enjoy driving it because I use it as an ongoing reminder to be content.
Newer is Not Better
As an American with a good job, it is easy for me to justify upgrading my car every few years. There are some legitimate factors like warranties, gas mileage, and safety but for most people, the allure is just having a brighter, shinyer car. Putting the financial piece aside, keeping newer cars says something about your beliefs and where your value lies.
But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 1 Timothy 6:6-7
The old adage, “actions speak louder than words” proves itself time and time again. If we are to proclaim the Gospel true in our lives, our entire lives need to align. If we have parts of our lives that do not affirm our stated beliefs, these discrepancies will discount our credibility. Everyone knows intuitively that there is something wrong with a Joel Osteen preaching the Gospel and driving home to his mansion. The Jesus that had nowhere to lay his head and the multi-million dollar preacher do not align.
Rich Men and Needles
The Bible compares a rich man entering the Kigdom of Heaven to a camel fitting through the eye of a needle. This is not to say that rich men are evil, Jesus is just cutting to the issue of what riches do to all of us. Riches give us comfort and let us relax. Being rich, men feel as if they have made it and change their worldview. It becomes harder to relate to those in different income classes. As men that are called to forsake this world and carry their cross, being wealthy can come between this.
Bank Balance, Life Balance
This in not a calling to sleep on the streets and cash in your 401K. I believe that financial responsibility is a biblical principle and it is talked about extensively in Proverbs. Saving and investing helps you bless others by giving generously. I believe that the bible calls for balance. Yes, save money, get good jobs and provide great environments for your family. Yes, buy newer cars that are better on gas and are more functional. But just like the “rich fool” in Luke, what good is our earthly wealth if it is not tempered with spiritual riches.