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How our brand new car brought me to tears

When we bought our new car earlier this year, I sobbed. They weren’t tears of joy. I cried because I felt terrible about spending so much money on something that was more than what we needed.

The car we replaced, a 1998 Dodge Stratus, was in need of a repair that cost more than the car was worth. Instead of putting more money into an older car, we decided to buy a new one. We bought a Honda, not a Mercedes, so it isn’t like we splurged in an unreasonable way. But knowing we were driving a brand new car when we could’ve purchased an older used car for much less money (and then donated the rest of the money to a worthy cause) was almost too much for me to handle.

Who am I to drive around with heated seats when some people can’t afford to pay their electricity bills to heat their homes? Shouldn’t I be giving this money to someone in dire need rather than spending it?

I have such a hard time discerning the right balance between giving our financial blessings away, saving them for the future, and using them now to enjoy life. I always question if I’m really doing as much as I should be for others, and I’m sure at least some of the time, the answer is no.

I’m in awe of people like the Bolle family who courageously uproot their lives, finances, and families to give everything they have to the Lord.

God holds nothing back from us, and this family has inspired me to start asking myself the question,

“What are you holding back?”

Please considering donating to support the Bolle family in their mission.

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