We talk about debt in the same ways we talk about sex. We either don’t talk about it at all, or we relegate it to hushed corners of shame. Wealth inequality is real, and the pressure to live above one’s means in American society is usual.
Marketers continually promote the idea that people need more: stuff, time, youth, you name it. And these needs cost money. When we believe the lie that we are not enough, we go into debt in so many ways. And debt is costly–financially, emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.
So, what are we to do? I have found that it’s helpful to begin with some truths.
First, let’s recognize that most of us experience debt. Second, let’s believe that our debt does not reflect, impact or negate our worthiness. Third, let’s lean on the story of our faith to reclaim who we are and whose we are. With this knowledge, we can combat the lies that would have us believe we don’t have enough.
This message is an excerpt from “Faith reflection: Let’s talk about debt, baby” by Rozella Haydée White in the November 2019 issue of Café.