If you read last week’s article, you know that I recently bought a new (to me!) car.
What I didn’t share was the internal struggle I went through before finally buying it. You see, my husband & I own several old vehicles with lots of miles on them.
Buying a nice car for myself felt selfish. I knew that for several thousand dollars less, we could buy another old car, you know?
As I test-drove everything from cars made in the 90’s to SUVs fresh out of the factory, I thought about how, at the end of the day, everything in life is ultimately about souls getting to heaven. Our jobs, the work we do at home, diligently teaching and training our children – it’s all about impacting souls.
I started thinking about all the ways the car money could go to help souls – mission work, feeding starving kids in Africa, local ministries. You name it, and I considered it.
Then I started thinking about all the hours and money that’s spent on a monthly basis just to keep the old cars functioning.
Family trips – bonding time with the souls in my home – have started days late because of car issues. There have been important events in other cities we couldn’t attend because we didn’t have reliable transportation.
My husband has spent countless evenings and Saturdays under a car instead of with the family.
This goes for every single thing we buy.
Yes, a small house can save a bunch of money that could otherwise be spent helping to influence souls. But a larger home might be more conducive to hospitality, which also impacts souls. (I say might, because a small home with a smart floor plan could be excellent for having people over.)
Yes, an old car can save thousands of dollars, but a newer car may help you minister to those in your nearby community. The same soul-test can be used for any purchase, whether big or small.
The option you choose is personal between you and God, because only He knows your true motives, but when you need to make a purchase, I encourage you to consider the souls first.
And when you do make a decision with pure motives? Celebrate that you’re doing your best and choose gratitude for the blessings God gives to you, whether material or otherwise!