THIS SERIES: SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE
And this so often becomes a snare: our need to be valued and accepted drives many to work long hours, and comply with unreasonable demands in the work place, in order to acquire the latest status symbol – the one the media declares will mark us out as people who have ‘arrived’. But frequently that image of success is a mere illusion, for so many people from all walks of life, do not actually own their stuff, but are living on borrowed funds.
- Total net lending to individuals by UK banks and building societies rose by £5.2 billion in May 2017, or £173m a day.
- 45.6 million plastic card purchase transactions were made every day in April 2017, with a total value of £1.927 billion.
- Total credit card debt in March 2017 was £68.23bn, £2,518 per household. It would take nearly 26 years to repay at the minimum repayment rate each month.
- 248 people a day are declared insolvent or bankrupt. This is equivalent to one person every 6 minutes 13 seconds.
- 14 properties are repossessed every day, or one every one hour and 43 minutes.
And then with ownership, real or implied, also comes responsibility. The more we own, the more we have to maintain, and the more we worry about it all. Possession whether we like it or not, brings stress.
Perhaps it’s a good time to review our stuff and what it is costing us in terms of anxiety and stress? What can we prune and actually improve our quality of life? (The answer to this will be different for each individual or household – there are no rules…… or brownie points – just hopefully more rest!)
And what about our debts? Maybe now is also the time to make the brave decision to take the necessary steps to get out of debt and walk free?
Some helpful links:
And a Christian debt counselling service:
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