It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay – Ecclesiastes 5:5
In this day and age it seems to have become more and more common for people to live above their means, and to use credit and debt to increase their lifestyle. Instead of saving up for things and paying cash, they buy today and pay the consequences tomorrow. In fact, many people buy things knowing full well that they won’t be able to pay, or that they will most likely will default.
This verse speaks to me about the importance of living up to your obligations. Whether it is continuing to pay the mortgage on a house that you’re underwater in (because you signed that contract saying you would pay), or paying off the credit card debt you racked up on your last vacation, it is important to live up to the promises that you’ve made to others.
Have the integrity to follow through on what you’ve said you would do. If you know you aren’t able to afford something, it is better that you never take out the loan in the first place. Don’t fall vicitim to the mentality that it’s ok to wrack up debt, and then not pay.
Are there times that you wished you had heeded this advice, and not have taken out a loan you shouldn’t have? What did you learn from that experience? Tell us about it in the comments!