I have come to know a few things about debt, and many of those lessons have been life lessons for which I have become a better person in the ares of finances.
Also, being a student for several years (5 undergrad and about 5 graduate) at private Christian universities has also taught me other completely separate lessons about debt. Because of my education loans, I know about a debt that seems impossible to escape. I know about an indebtedness that feels much more like a lifelong sentence than a gift of education so many take for granted. I know the feeling of debt that is only combined and compounded when marrying someone I met at said private Christian university. For those counting at home, that is about almost 15 years of loan debt.
I also know the sense of believing I will likely die before these are completely paid off; I may literally need to die to pay off THESE debts.
As I walked a few days ago, I tried to imagine the hypothetical euphoria of what it would be like if someone came and paid off all my student loan debt in one written check.
I imagined the indebtedness I would then feel to that person, but that indebtedness would not be the soul-sucking indebtedness I feel now to Navient (artist formerly known as Sallie Mae). No this indebtedness for a person who paid my debt would be one of joyous freedom. I would be willing to do whatever I could to serve and honor that person who paid my life-crippling debt.
If someone sacrificed enough of himself to pay off my debt, which may only be paid off when I die, I cannot imagine what I would be willing to do for the LIFE that person gave to my days.
Can you imagine if someone paid off all my debt, and I would not have to live every day of my life with the looming knowledge that I am required to either pay off my debt or die?
Wow! That really would be good news! I'd tell everyone about that person, probably!