And while this may be hard for you to hear, it needs to be said: you’re ruining everything for the rest of us.
The proof of repentance is not in our confession or resolve but in turning from our lovers and toward our Savior.
I started writing a post about change a couple of weeks ago and didn’t get back to finishing it completely. The first item of business still holds true - I am starting a new job tomorrow. I worked my last day with Xcentric on Friday, after 5-1/2 years with them. It was my first real job and my time there will not be forgotten. They have great leaders - men who I aspire to be like.
I am excited about my new job and look forward to growing and the future ahead. The new job offer came at a very interesting time - right as we have been on the heels of paying off the remainder of student loans. This will be a new season, if you will - being debt free (except the house) and changing the workplace scenery.
The initial target date for paying off the loans had been May 31st. But God, had a better idea. How about April 30th? Yes indeed, we we able to make the final payment ahead of schedule - Yesterday! Bless God for seeing our diligence and blessing us through the process. It is pretty amazing what happens when you discipline yourself and steward your money well.
Only 7 years after graduation, 3 years of school at Baylor is now paid off. I was adding up the numbers today, and let’s just say it was closer to $100K than $50K. If only I knew then what I know now. We didn’t start going “gazelle intense” on the loans until about 3 years ago (only minimum payments were made before that = interest only). All things considered, I think that 3 years is a good record.
I have to thank Dave Ramsey for all of his wisdom and the Debt Snowball. I know that Sarah sometimes wishes I would go easy on the Dave-isms, but she is definitely ecstatic to be in this new place. Monday at work will feel a little different - we both get to keep our paychecks and not expect one to go out the door as soon as it hits our bank account.
I don’t know if we will get through to Dave on the air next Friday, but he can expect an attempted call from us.
There is a good amount of change going on in our lives these days. The big two are that I am starting a new job on May 2, and our goal is to be debt free except the house by the end of May as well. These are two big life changes. I have been working with my current company for what would have been 6 years this coming September. In todays market, this is a long time. I definitely feel “known” here and many of the people feel like family. It is hard to think that in a way you are letting people down by leaving a void in the workflow, especially at a smaller company where people wear many hats and job functions skew.