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29 May 2007 @ 10:37 pm
Gotta get spending under control -again-...also random bits of head-dust.  
It looks like I went a little heavy on the spending this month. (I'm just not good at controlling impulse purchase urges.) I'm ending May with a little under $700 on my credit card, which I could pay off out of my savings if I had time to transfer the funds, which I don't, leading to the first time I've carried a balance over $100 from one month to the next. Lame. I can feel myself starting to slip into credit card debt again.

I'm reading a book right now called Freedom of Simplicity in hopes that it will help me par down my material desires in a spiritual way. After all, any aspect of life should be approached with God's plan in mind, and other books I've read (mostly dealing with reducing clutter, which isn't quite the same, but different problems, same probable internal source.) haven't had much of an effect. The bit that I read today suggested praying for each person you see, just a short sentence or two, to get into the habit of constantly talking to God.
If one is in constant communication with Him then one is more likely to take His rules and desires into consideration, which leads to a simplification of choices. Instead of thinking, "I should get this because it's cool right now," {ipod!) or "I can always use another pair of jeans" (not true, have 10+ at this point which is plenty) you just ask, "Do I need this to live? Is this how God wants me to spend my money?" {usually not.) God doesn't mind a little splurge now and again, I'm sure - He wants fun and joy for us, after all - but I can't shake the feeling that God raises His eyebrow if I purchase a tube of mascara at Sephora when I've got three or four perfectly adequate ones sitting at home. It's not a sin and I won't burn in hell over a bit of make-up, but if a Christian is charged to care for his brothers and he never has money to give because he spent it all on himself than he's not really living up to the mission God set him to. Or if I buy drinks at Starbucks five days a week and at the end of the month I won't buy cans of vegetables for a food drive because I 'can't afford to' - what message does that send? Life is all about little pleasures but at the same time, there's a responsibility to others that should always be maintained.

Last Christmas punksaturn asked for donations to charity rather than gifts to himself. I don't think I ever actually said anything to him but Bryan, your donation to Sacred Heart Community Center was really awesome and inspiring. It was really neat to follow that in your journal throughout December.
Anyway. The book I'm reading made me remember that.
creatorpunksaturn on May 30th, 2007 08:05 am (UTC)
Aww, I'm glad that my actions have inspired in some way. I got such an awesome, handwritten thank-you letter from an organizer at the SHCC and it was such a good feeling.

I plan on doing it again this year. I figure that my birthday is a time for me to celebrate me, and Christmas will be for others.

The book you are reading sounds interesting, even though I'm not too spiritual. I'll have to add it to the summer reading list!
jeanniejeannietran on May 30th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
i like this more spiritual side of you.
whimsicalbeauwhimsicalbeau on May 30th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
It's really come out more in the last year and a half. It's been a steady, but consistant climb.