How Expensive is Cheap?

In a previous post, I wrote about how the concept of getting things for free has begun to warp our minds. I related it specifically to financially supporting the ministry that spiritually supports you.

But, there are things in our physical life that are connected with this concept also. The idea of free so permeates our thinking, that we continually look for the things that are so listed. It has become a major ploy of marketers to get our attention. Hardly anything is offered without something FREE being attached.

Moving up the ladder of expense, the next step is CHEAP.

Another thing that most of us have learned about CHEAP is that the price reflects the quality. Yet, we continue to buy cheap.

We shop for lowest price. And often find ourselves disappointed at some level with our decision.

This was a common experience when I was in the home repair business, both as a contractor and as a materials salesman. Homeowners would call me for a “free estimate” for a job. They were always looking for the “best price.” More than once, I was called back to repair what was not done by the cheaper guy.

But, we have allowed “cheap”to determine our stewardship–as was mentioned in the previous blog.

Is buying the “cheapest” a proper stewardship? Is it the way to properly use the resouces God has blessed us with? Is “saving money” the equivalent of “good stewardship?”

This ‘cheapness’ has entered into the way we care for our body. And now we find ourselves in trouble.

We’ve bought cheap food. And we got what we paid for. Now we find that the cheap food is also addictive. And we are hooked.

We are eating things that do not make the temple glorious, so we are not glorifying God with our body. (1 Corinthians 6:20–for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. )

We find ourselves overweight, low on energy, battling depression, angry, confused and then ask God for healing. All the while, we cannot quit our habits.

Have you ever bought cheap gas? Ever had bad gas? The car does not run well, does it? So, we buy an additive. Works for awhile; but then something else begins to go wrong. We hear of a new product that will fix the symptoms we have in the car; so we buy the new product. It works for a while.

The same thing happens with our body. Feed it poorly, and it will run poorly. Run out and buy the latest supplement, and you are repaired for awhile. But, then something else begins to show up and we need a new repair (fix).

We have gotten to this place because of our ‘cheap’ mentality.

Examine yourself to see if this might not be true for you. It is for me.

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2 Responses to “How Expensive is Cheap?”

  1. annie Says:

    As I was reading I was saying, “Yep, yep, yep. Yep, yep, yep!” You are right on. And yes, we do struggle with this as a nation. We are consumed by what is ‘cheap’ all while living in the most prosperous nation on the planet. That the wealthiest of all people would choose to spend their money on the most worthless of all food … well, there’s not enough adjectives to describe how wrong that is. And yet so many people don’t stop to look at it this way! We buy only the cheapest of stuff, and then set our budget by the lowest figure possible, and then walk around complaining that we can’t afford anything better. In my opinion the US has HUGE money management problems (I’m so included here) … and it starts in the church, I believe. Good stuff here, Dale. Very good. The verse that comes to mind:

    Isaiah 55:
    2Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
    And your wages for what does not satisfy?
    Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
    And delight yourself in abundance.

  2. Dale Hill Says:

    Wow. Thanks for the verse. That one hadn’t entered my consciousness on this particular theme.


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