Yes, GARY, I can so relate to that story. As you know, in May of this year, our older car clunked out on us. A nice school teacher (who we knew) was planning on buying a new car this spring, so she sold us her old one (which was much newer than our old one) for only $500.00. Now this car was valued at much more, but she wanted to help us out, as we were stuck with no car.
Well, I can't tell you how many people keep asking us "How can you afford such an expensive car?" We paid cash for it out of savings we had put away long ago; so we don't have any payments to make.
But, they just can't seem to get that into their heads.
We are not $wealthy$ people; we are not even in the middle strata, but GOD has gifted us with the ability to be frugal and good stewards of the funds we do have. We put money away in savings each month, so that when the bad times come, as they always do (and our income fell just this very month); but we are still doing well, simply becuz of handling our finances the way the Bible says we should.
Just goes to show, that many people make the mistake of thinking people have money they don't; or have something they shouldn't; or maybe, we just shouldn't be so quick to judge others. Some people look like they are doing well but may have terrible debts from medical bills. Many people in the US are having to start over right now; and we are praying for them.
I just want to thank GOD for the many blessings and benefits He has provided for us this year. As you know, we had a tuff year; but He has pulled us through and this Christmas, we can celebrate the coming of JESUS, his Son, with HOPE and PEACE and JOY, just like He intended for us all to do.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE !!!