Monday, April 30, 2007
Should I choose not to be frugal?
Today I read a thought-provoking post on frugality by Tim Challies. I agree with much of what he writes concerning the heart issues of money.
I am not feeling well enough to write a full response. However, Like Merchant Ships was created in part to demonstrate that you can live well on one income--NOT to be obsessed with cake pans or any other material items. (Though when you find a stack of fifty aluminum loaf pans for a penny apiece, it's easy to be generous with the banana bread. Likewise, free couponed toiletries for family shelters.)
Sure, I can afford to buy new t-shirts made in China--but is that choice on higher moral ground than recycling clothing from a thrift store? Goodwill will be the first to tell you its mission is NOT to provide low-cost clothing but to give meaningful work to those with barriers to employment.
Each month I receive almost a hundred emails from people seeking to live on one income, from mothers who don't want to leave their babies in daycares but are afraid they can't afford to stay home. People also write to thank me for showing them that living on one income doesn't have to be ugly.
In a perfect world, that might not be as holy as urging others to own less--but it's a start.
Posted by Meredith at 5:49 PM