"Just give it a year. One year. And if your life isn’t better, you can go back to it."
These were the exact words that came out of my friend’s mouth the day I told him I quit drinking. It was my third day sober. I heard these words, and, 125 days later, I was approved for my first credit card in ten years.
Money and alcohol can be a deadly duo for those with an addiction. They could be compared to the Joker and the Riddler duo versus the sought-after dynamic duo of Batman and Robin.
In my early 20’s, I messed up my credit, hugely. I shopped, I partied, and I traveled with my boyfriend, only to find myself in a huge credit hole four years later.
Christmas shopping was dreaded and done the night before Christmas Eve, as work was always pretty slow in the winter (I’m a waitress). Paying for gifts up front always added stress to the holiday cheer. Somehow though, I always managed to find money for my drinks. Before or after work, a well-earned bottle for at home, or a few drinks for my friend and I so I didn’t have to drink alone. I’ve always been generous, and when it came to drinks, I’d be sure to buy one or ten for myself and/or a friend.
Since I became sober on January 15, I’ve watched as my bank account no longer became my enemy. The anxiety I felt checking the balance Monday morning has disappeared, as I now have a pretty good idea of what it will be after a weekend of working and not drinking.
Proverbs 10:16 “The earnings of the godly enhance their lives; but evil people squander their money on sin.”
I began tithing in October of last year. When I got sober in January, my tithing became more consistent, and I give ten percent of anything that is earned or auto-deposited into my account. My finances have taken a miraculous turn and my anxiety and fear of lacking money has begun to disappear.
I’m a jack of many trades, but many of them are commission-based. I used to get stressed before a shift, but that’s one thing God’s assured me about: He’s in control. He will give me what I need.
My soft credit approval shocked me. Not going to lie, I only applied for the card for the 30 percent discount, so when it came back approved, I was shocked! But I know it was a Godwink, saying, “I got you.”
I’ve let go of financial stress and dwelling on the “what-ifs” and “what’s-to-come”. I've exchanged them for, “God, I give it to you.”
God’s got you. He can enhance our lives in miraculous ways, whether it is through a friendship, a new home, a pet, a credit card, or His unquestionable peace. He’s got you. All you have to do is let go and let Him.