I love Dave Ramsey. The hubs and I read his book The Total Money Makeover a few years ago, and that was what got us out of our stupidity of debt and onto a budget and a plan. Of course, the original plan had us out of consumer debt last November and unforeseen circumstances derailed that train, but we are still plugging away and We Will Get There. I just don’t know when, yet.
More recently, I became a fan of Jon Acuff. I read his book, Quitter and got all inspired and stuff. I thought about what my Dream Job really is and made a plan to work on it. Later I realized that what I’d thought was my Dream Job (writing) maybe isn’t really, and so I had to rethink the whole thing. But I knew I hated where I was (am) so I made a definite plan to get out. I took a class, volunteered at a local high school, and thus earned points to renew my teacher’s license. I was and am happy to say I’m going back to teaching.
In the meantime, we’re still in debt and I’m still miserable in my job. So the hubs and I made another plan. We would quit paying so much on the debt snowball, save up three months’ worth of expenses, and I’d be out the door.
That was scary, but since God asked me to trust him, that’s what I’m doing.
And it made me wonder, am I doing what Dave would tell me to do? Am I doing what Jon would tell me to do? Dave would certainly say to save up the cash. So we’re doing that. Jon would say not to quit my day job until my dream job was making me money. Subbing isn’t a for sure thing, but it is something, and I’m still looking for long-term sub positions for this school year as well as permanent full-time teaching positions for next year.
But would Dave say we should get out of debt before I jump ship from this safe, certain (though mind-numbing, headache-inducing) full time job? Would Jon tell me to fall into like with my current job a little more before I quit?
I kind of want to see them two of them in a boxing ring, duking it out over this subject. Or dressed up like Lincoln and Douglass and debating it.
Sure, it would be nice to have two people that I respect telling me what to do, but in reality, God pretty much gave me that direction already. “Will you trust me?” he said. Do I have a better option? I ask. The answer, of course, is no. There is no better option than trusting God.
So Dave and Jon are just going to have to be OK with that.
(I think they would be, by the way.)