So this weekend was somewhat emotional, I have to admit. We are still in the throws of padding our “real” emergency fund (as opposed to the baby one of $1,000 Dave Ramsey initially suggests) and it’s been a lot harder than I thought. We decided to host a bible school student in our home this summer who is majoring in urban ministry. She has a heart for under-resourced neighborhoods and the youth that fill them. How could we say no to God’s work? Fortunately, because we are debt free, we didn’t have to. However renovating a bathroom and extra guest room did throw a little monkey wrench into our savings plan. Thankfully, our gut reaction is to go full speed continuing to build up that emergency fund and stay on track with other financial goals. We are not living pay check to pay check anymore, thank God, but we still have a lot to do in the way of finances.
This weekend was a beautiful one. The kind of weekend that would be perfectly spent at a nice pool or water park in the Dells or, better yet, Disney World. Yet, that wasn’t an option for us this because we are still focused on being financially grounded. It was somewhat tempting to start getting down about it. After all, haven’t we “arrived” financially?
Really, eliminating debt was just the FIRST step in our journey. There is saving, giving and living that has to be done still. In fact, I can see us hosting more students, more missionaries and more people who might have a heart to serve in this community. God knows they are needed. So while we didn’t make it to the Dells, I was grateful for the beautiful Chicago Lake Front, where we still had a great time and didn’t have to spend more than a few dollars in gas to get there. I’m more than sure that the “fun” factor wasn’t decreased just because it was a free outing. In fact, I think I can say it was even more fun because on Monday, we’ll still be on track, on budget and exactly where we need to be planning for the future, planning to help people and planning to make the lives of others better. That’s what financial freedom is really about!