My Dave Ramsey daily calendar for November 2, 2012 gave me the title for this post. Even though that was a statement I read 2+ years ago, it stuck with me and I kept that day’s calendar page as a reminder. The average American is broke. The average American is headed for Christmas with a load of credit card debt to pay for all the boxes under the tree. The average American is looking forward to January as a fresh start, but will get there and realize it is the same thing over again, but this time with a bunch of extra bills from Christmas.
In today’s extremely short and random-thought-based post, I want you to know that it is true: broke people can’t give. They can’t give their time because it is committed to working all the time to pay bills. They can’t give their money because they don’t have any. They can’t give their emotion because it is usually tied up in trying to keep their head above water. They can’t give you their energy because they’re spent.
As we head toward the day of celebration of a fresh start for all of us through the birth of Jesus, our savior, and the only real solution to our mess, I want to encourage you to remember that being broke is no fun (if you’re there, you already know that). I also want to encourage you to remember that the way you avoid being broke is to avoid doing the stuff broke people do. I bet you 80% of the people you gave gifts last year have no clue what you gave them. The Christmas cards for everyone we’ve ever met, the fancy dinners and parties and all the STUFF we associate with Christmas that drives us to the poor house aren’t important compared to a recognition of what really is.
If you’re broke, resolve to change it. If you’re headed toward broke, resolve to turn things around. If you’re not broke, I’m sure you know someone who is. This Christmas, why don’t we all resolve to look at things a little differently. I want to be able to give…and give generously. And I can’t do that if I’m broke. And you can’t either.