“You can pay now and play later OR you can play now and pay later. Either way you have to pay.”
John Maxwell shared this thought while at the Stewardship Challenge conference in Baltimore, MD on November 9th.
I have thought a lot about his statement ever since. It sums up the facts so well!
I have met tons of people who have chosen to “pay now” who share these characteristics:
- Live on less than they earn
- Choose to invest for retirement and long-term dreams every month
- Save up for known upcoming non-monthly expenses (like Christmas, property taxes, vacation and annual insurance premiums)
Because they are “paying” now, they are going to be able to “play” later!
There are others who have chosen to “play” first, and it was fun while it lasted! Now the time has come to “pay”, and it is not so fun.
The choice is ours to make. Will we pay now and play later OR will we play now and pay later?