2015-10-01 - Renewal
The other day, I opened a bit of junk mail. It is not customary for me to do anything more than, as they say, put it in file thirteen. This one was tempting, because I opened it and found it to be an offer from a magazine I greatly enjoy, as well as having admired their photography work for a lifetime. Their offer included a couple of free gifts, and one was two free issues, if you order immediately with a credit card. On the surface, the offer was a dream for me in particular, but I did the standard developed years ago by my Mom and gave it time before making a decision. Split decisions are confined to situations like yanking people out of the street, before they get injured or worse (I was one that needed yanked at least once as a child). But many split decisions can have annoying or even detrimental consequences. The problem with this offer, as I read it more closely, was they would later be able to access my credit card information previously provided, to automatically renew the subscription again. Also, there was no mention of what the rate would be next time, and the mail offer was drastically reduced, likely to further entice anyone reading it. The offer also indicated they would send a reminder for the next renewal, and cancellation anytime with refund is provided, yet the process of doing so is up to the person ordering for the cheaper rate now.
The world view is often “take it while it’s hot!” Take the great deal, the fantastic offer, the stuff that’s really cool. They don’t want you to think it over, read the fine print, or absorb the details of the decision that you’re considering. If we develop a knee-jerk reaction, too frequently it may develop into a dangerous pattern, in cases of situations that are worthy of more thought. As an example, we may get frustrated we cannot help someone grieving or otherwise hurting, and because we react rather than respond thoughtfully, we could say something like “ you need to get over it!” when they just needed us to listen to them. Not to say we won’t ever find ourselves putting our proverbial foot in our mouth, but if our habit is to stop and take time to regroup, then more often than not, we will make better decisions, if we start with what seems like little things such as ordering a magazine. It starts with praying for wisdom, regarding God’s plan in everything we do. He gives us guidelines for making decisions, and wants to be there for us, to help in all parts of our lives. So I am just going to check a magazine rack, and see if I want the latest issue of a magazine that could end up costing me much more than I ever wanted to pay, literally or figuratively.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2 NIV)
All scripture references are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.