Get Off My Back

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Oftentimes when I take my morning walk I’ll hear the birds chirping – it’s such a delightful sound! A few days ago, as I was enjoying the chirping of the birds, I noticed that one bird was picking on another bird. As soon as the bird would fly away, the second bird would come over and pester him all over again.

We’ve all seen this site before but this particular morning I couldn’t help but think of the pestering bird as a debt collector. You may be one of thousands of people that wish the debt collector would stop calling and just get off your back. The moment they stop calling you find yourself breathing a sigh of relief only to hear the phone ring a few days later and notice from the caller i.d. that it’s them again. The truth is, that collector is not going to get off your back until you start doing something about your debt.

Maybe your problem isn’t debt but those voices in your head that tell you you’re not good enough, that you’ll never amount to anything, you name it. Don’t allow that “thing” to continue to pester you, do something about it. I love this quote from Carrie Jones, “The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.”

I hope you will find a bit of courage today to face whatever is pestering you. If debt is pestering you, challenge yourself to find $25 extra dollars a month to start paying down your debt. If those voices are pestering you “take captive every thought” (II Corinthians 10:5) each time you hear that voice. Taking that first step is the hardest, and you’ll have to choose to take the second, third, fourth, etc. It’s going to take some work, but I promise that it’ll be worth it in the longrun!

The next time you see one bird pestering another, I hope that you will stop and think about what’s pestering you and how you can free yourself from it.

Thrifty T


  1. Bryan Ridenour
    Bryan Ridenour03-19-2012

    Well, it’s not debt collectors that pester us…just the debt in general.  But we’re paying if off slowly but surely and can ALMOST see the light at the end of the tunnel.

    • ThriftyT

      Hi Bryan,
      You should be so proud of yourselves! Even seeing a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel is fulfilling; keep pushing, you’re almost there!

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