A few weeks ago Girl Ninja and I joined a young couple’s Bible study. We’ve really grown to appreciate each of the couples in the group. The meetings typically wrap up with a time for prayer requests. Last night, as each person/couple was making their needs known, I noticed a common theme. Many 20 something couples face some serious struggles.
While I am worrying about what savings account will give me the best interest rate, there are people wondering if they’ll still have a job tomorrow or if they’ll have enough in their checking account to pay rent. This is when I was force fed some humble pie.
What am I worrying for!? Does it really matter if my savings account earns 1.3% interest instead of 1.7%? Do I really need to stress over a home purchase that is three (or more) years away? Heck no I don’t, but sadly, I do.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that one shouldn’t look to the future, make plans, etc. We all need to be doing that. But what we don’t need to be doing is worrying about worrying about having to worry.
Girl Ninja and I have set up contingency plans for one reason: So we DON’T have to worry. But guess what? I still do!
I stressed about not having a fully funded E-fund so I focused on that, once that was knocked out I began worrying that we weren’t saving enough for a down payment, so I increased our savings percentage. Only to become stressed that I NOW feel like I’m over saving and not doing a good enough job enjoying life.
This weeks Bible study served as a much needed reminder that Girl Ninja and I are in a very different place than the typical newlywed young couple. We need to remember the small things, be responsible with what we have, and be generous with our excess.
This was my “welcome back to reality” pimp slap across the face this week. Have you had one recently? Do you get so caught up in yourself that you forget to have compassion for others? Do you know any good/honest/hardworking people that are doing their best, but are struggling to make ends meet?