Everybody knows the feeling; it's almost pay day and it's time to think about paying the bills. Ugh. It's been a rough week - physical challenges, emotional upsets... the human condition. Then, comes the credit card statement in the mail. Now, we don't believe in debt, but, sometimes one has to use a credit card for certain purchases. During the past couple months we have used the credit card more than usual. So, I dreaded opening the statement. Moshe and I talked yesterday about having to tighten the budget belt even more (yikes!) so that we could pay off the balance. Ugh, again!
So this morning, with a deep breath and much gnashing of teeth, I opened the statement.... We have a credit for six dollars and some-odd cents! Not a debit. A credit. Wow! I had forgotten that I sent extra money last month in anticipation of the extra expenses this month. What a cool thing to forget! What a nice gift from God!
Now, instead of being an object of dread, the credit card statement represents gladness. It's the same piece of paper; it is our outlook that has changed. And, so it is with people, places, things. We mustn't jump to conclusions when all we see is the outer appearance.
So, don't judge a book by its cover - even if it's
from the credit card company!