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What would you do?

April 14, 2008

You answer your door. There is a man standing there. He looks professional. He has nothing in his hands to give you. He begins to speak. He says he is there on behalf of the Government. “OOO-YAY!”, you think to yourself.

He relays to you a startling message. The Gov’t has interceded and relieved all your debt. You are released from all those things that were a heavy burden to you. You owe nothing to anybody. What you earn is all yours. Spend it wisely.

What would you do?

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  1. April 14, 2008 7:28 am

    jump up and down and yell thank you Jesus!!

  2. April 14, 2008 7:31 am

    My first thought:

    “where’s the freakin’ camera?”

    My second thought:

    “How much of my new found wealth do you want and how soon will I have to cut-off all connections to my family and friends in lieu of my NEW family and friends that your creepy cult will provide me?”

    Ever the cynic…


  3. April 14, 2008 7:43 am

    Me too Darla!

    R – Wow! Glass half empty today πŸ˜‰ No really, say there are no strings attached – just take him for his word and go…what would you do? How would that change your life? Would it?

  4. April 14, 2008 8:07 am

    Just the way my mind works…

    The universe is generally NOT set up in such a way as to give you something for nothing.

    But for the sake of this experiment I’ll play along…

    If I were released from all debts, monetary or otherwise…

    I would try to continue improving myself and the world around me…for all children present and future.


  5. April 14, 2008 8:16 am

    “argggghhh!!! darn you Big Government! Always interceding on my behalf without first consulting with me!!!!

  6. April 14, 2008 8:39 am

    I would try not to squander it and make the most of my life and make sure others around me were taken care of with the extra money. πŸ˜‰

    Dr.Tam, I sent you an email seeking your medical advice. πŸ˜‰

  7. April 14, 2008 8:45 am


    One of the biggest lies ever floated:

    “I’m from the government and I’m here to help!”


  8. April 14, 2008 8:50 am

    Nate & R – Very funny! Just play along for goodness sakes πŸ˜€

    Bran – that’ll be $86.50 for my medical consultation πŸ˜‰

  9. April 14, 2008 8:50 am

    Oops, sorry R – you did! πŸ˜‰

  10. April 14, 2008 8:55 am

    Yes I did!!


    I don’t know that I’d change anything all that much.

    I like who I am. πŸ™‚


  11. April 14, 2008 9:05 am

    so if that guy shows up at your door, could you tell him to please visit a good friend of yours in PA, she would really like to be debt free too 😳

  12. April 14, 2008 9:12 am

    R – I like you who you are too!

    Darla – I’ll send him right over. Because I’m sure this would really happen and all πŸ˜‰

    But think about it…if this DID happen. You had no debt and everything you earned was yours free and clear?

    I’d go do missions work, here and abroad for sure! I’m with R, I wouldn’t change who I am – but I think if I put that focus, money and energy into to something positive and beneficial for mankind – I would change by that experience alone …for the better I hope πŸ˜‰

  13. April 14, 2008 9:32 am

    Tam, the check is in the mail for crapsake! πŸ˜† aaaaahahahahaha!!!!! πŸ˜†

  14. April 14, 2008 9:36 am

    I’ll play along, Tam!
    If this no strings attached miracle happened I would, in no order (although numbered)
    1) Take a vacation…never done it.
    2) Go back to school
    3) Open a book store
    4) Go back to Croatia (missions)

  15. TheNorEaster permalink
    April 14, 2008 9:48 am

    I would say, “Riiiiiiiiiight!”

    But if there were no catch, no strings attached, I would probably find a quiet corner in North America and stay out of history’s way.

  16. April 14, 2008 9:58 am

    Nate, you’ve never been on vacation? Wow!

    Croatia…how long were you there before? Did you go with a group?

    NE – “Stay out of History’s way” – HAHAHA!!

  17. April 14, 2008 10:00 am


    *holding envelope to my head* and saying:

    “Name one of the more ridiculous quotes from Jean Luc Picard…”

    *opens envelope…”

    OH! would you look at that!



  18. April 14, 2008 10:41 am

    I’m with Robert, I’d ask for something in writing! πŸ˜‰

    It probably won’t change me but it would free me up to help those around me…go on a missions trip with a group of friends… save for a rainy day b/c I know gov’t will be coming back to get something afterwards! πŸ˜‰ Oh wait, that’s right, no string attached…sounds like a fantasy for sure!

  19. April 14, 2008 10:44 am

    I’d say; “thank you very much!”

    Mama would say; “give me a receipt!”

    Tam – this is spooky – I have been thinking about my next post, and decided last night what to do – I will work on it now! Should be up in about 15 minutes. I can’t believe your topic – we are kin!

  20. Heidi permalink
    April 14, 2008 11:05 am

    The first thing I would do would fall on my knees and weep.
    Because I would know that only GOD Himself would deliver that kind of miracle.

    then I would.

    swallow my gum… pee my pants…. call everyone.. BLOG about it. πŸ™‚

  21. April 14, 2008 11:19 am

    I think I would go have my “perfect day” that was posted earlier on your blog….then repeat it the next day, and the next… πŸ˜†

  22. April 14, 2008 11:21 am

    i’ve been thinking about this one…. then realized that drew and i have no debt. what we make (after taxes) goes where ever we put it. and we are constantly evaluating our budget.

    so, given that our income wouldn’t increase, i don’t think much would change for us right now.

    granted, we WILL be flat broke when we get outta seminary, and already have a few possibilities on the horizon that might require us to take out loans… but so far, 5 years into our marriage, we’re debt free.

    sorry. lame comment. but its true….

  23. April 14, 2008 11:23 am

    did i just post our financial condition on the www? he’s gonna kill me.

  24. April 14, 2008 11:30 am

    My response:

    “You got the wrong guy. I am already blessed, Can I refer you to somebody who needs it more than I do?”

  25. April 14, 2008 1:00 pm

    Cheryl – I woke up this morning with my brain in a fog, so my thoughts went random on me then came back with this fantasy. The week is still young, I’ll come around!

    Papa – We”re kin for sure! Can I have 20 bucks Pops!

    Heidi – “swallow my gum… pee my pants…. call everyone.. BLOG about it. :)” HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! In that order???

    Deb – that sounds so good! My perfect day is going off roading with you! πŸ˜€

    Mandy – you are in SO much trouble 😯

    Joe – Gosh – I wish I can say you took my answer πŸ˜‰ For curiosity’s sake…say you excepted it anyway…what would you do?

  26. April 14, 2008 1:28 pm

    Ask for a receipt of all my debts paid, and then thank him profusely if he was legit.

    I’d proceed to close my door, cry, and thank Jesus for an unexpected gift.

    Wow…what a blessing that would be.

  27. April 14, 2008 1:33 pm

    I would buy a small farm and open a Christian drug rehab facility, and shelter for abused women. I would live there and work there…I think that would be radical!

  28. April 14, 2008 1:47 pm

    Tam, I am debt free, that’s is the only reason I can live on my pension and social security.

    I worked at becoming debt free so I could retire as young as possible. That is what being free of debt means to me. No mortgage equals being retired.

    If the words “what you earn is all yours” means no more taxes, than I would have extra income. I would probably eat out at better restaurants more. I have traveled every where I want to go to, but I would spend more time in New York City.

    If I had an extra $25,000 or more I would split it with my nieces and spend the rest living in Jackson Hole, Wy, in the summer and Connecticut in the winter, spring and fall.

  29. Deborah permalink
    April 14, 2008 2:47 pm

    Looks like it’s time to get those racing harneses put in my Jeep cause ur driving girl! 😯

  30. April 14, 2008 2:57 pm

    I would do some much needed renovation on the house, put my kids through college without worries, give loads to missions, then wait for my husband to retire (he loves working) so we can travel in an RV all over this continent!

  31. April 14, 2008 4:30 pm

    Seriously, fall on my face and give the Lord some praise. I was able to pay off some medical bills today and it was such a relief. we got our tax refund back and while I did not get to pay all of them i did get all of morgans paid. Praise God.

    Sorry I have been MIA. My mouth is still KILLING me from the extraction I just had. one thing after the next!!

  32. April 14, 2008 5:15 pm

    “Ashton…come on out! You fool, I know it’s you Ashton. I was so Punk’d. When will this air?”

  33. TheNorEaster permalink
    April 14, 2008 5:23 pm

    It’s true. I would. For reasons I won’t get into here–simply because it would take too long–I would love to “find a quiet corner in North America and stay out of history’s way.”

    Who is this John-Luck Pickerd character…? And what did he ever do with those flowers…? And how come he had hair as a cadet in Tapestry, but not as a cadet in Nemesis…?
    Is it May of 2009 yet…? πŸ˜‰

  34. April 14, 2008 6:08 pm

    20 bucks??!! I thought you were now debt free now that this government guy stopped by!! He hasn’t got to Florida yet, he must still be on the west coast!

  35. April 14, 2008 8:25 pm

    Rob and Ed: i thought i ws a Star Trek Tragic – SHEESH! (to coin a phrase) πŸ˜‰

    Truthfully Tam i owe nothing to anyone (except my parents – and that has been ‘forgiven me’) but what is on my credit card (i just am too damn lazy to earn enough to pay it off like i did once and should again) so not a lot would change for me either…

    So the real question i need to ask myself is – why am i not doing what i should be (because i am not) and the real question you have to ask yourself is: why am i letting my (our)debt stop me from doing what He wants me to do? ( If you are?)

    Are we On the Earth but not Of it? or not?

    I also think living on this planet has SEVERELY ruined many here’s ability to trust – what a disbelieving bunch!

    Did they think you were trying to trap them with your story? What’s with that???

    Don’t they trust YOU???? 😯


  36. April 14, 2008 8:38 pm

    I want to retract!

    re-reading there were a number who accepted you at face value!

    I just was amazed at some who wanted receipts for a hypothetical situation?? and there are not as many cynics as there first seemed on initial reading of comments !

    Sorry folks πŸ™‚


  37. April 14, 2008 8:58 pm

    well, it is an odd question. but i thought it would be fun to ask and i was curious as to what people would do.

    I certainly wasn’t trying to trick anyone. I promise. but did anyone see God in it? it wasn’t my initial intention. half way through writing it today i realized how He has forgiven our debts. it stuck with me all day. i didn’t have to do anything to earn it. i am free to receive it or not. but still, in this hypothetical deal, i have to earn money. so with God I still must be active, grow, learn, acquire knowledge and wisdom…and like you said Love…what are we doing with that? we all have the same opportunities….

  38. April 14, 2008 10:28 pm

    Just so you and i are clear Tam ( sometimes what we write can have ‘alternate’ explanations to others)

    The FIRST thing i got from reading your post was the ‘man removing all debt/God removing all debt from us’ connection and what would we really do in both situations. Getting here ‘late’ ( darn time zones πŸ™‚ ) the thing that overwhelmed me most from reading the comments was the unwillingness to accept the concept (apologies again to all who were not unwilling or doubting).

    Hence my comments about ‘not trusting you’ since this was your Hypothetical question/scenario.

    Mandy is stretching our ‘trust’ a little with her series of ‘Only one’ and even Vinnie eventually caught on over there! πŸ˜‰ She did ask us to work WITH her on ‘this’ though in one post πŸ™‚

    And compared to Mandy’s questions this is so NOT an ‘Odd’ one πŸ™‚

    It is a very good one and deserves greater contemplation – for it’s deeper significance for us and the lives we ‘choose’ to live.

    Not that there was a deeper meaning to your q, of course πŸ˜‰


  39. April 15, 2008 3:54 am

    I’d Look for the cameras cuz…I wouldn’t believe it.

  40. April 15, 2008 8:55 am

    I don’t answer the door when people look fancy.

  41. April 16, 2008 4:18 am

    Eat my left hand because that’s what you do when you’ve been given a load of malarkey!!!

    But if it were real….I can’t even fathom elsewise I might cry.

  42. April 17, 2008 7:54 am

    I know I’m late but work has been well WORK!!

    So first I would think, “CRAP, I shudda max out all my cards yesterday!” Then I would get online (like I’m ever off) and I’d put a stop payment on all my outstanding checks. No sense payin’ for it again. then i’d settle down and drill a few wells in Africa ( then start i’d feeding, clothing and teaching like 10 kids in Guatemala ( then i’d sign patti and me up for the sponsor visit to Guatemala to meet jesus.

    then i’d call out and wake up patti.

  43. April 17, 2008 9:13 am

    wow! it’s like you’ve thought about this before.

    you’re so thorough Ric!

  44. April 17, 2008 9:02 pm

    I’d take the Thomas approach and ask to see his I.D. When I saw the proof I’d say “Thank you Jesus!” and call up Jeff to celebrate.

  45. April 21, 2008 6:38 am

    I wouldn’t believe it. Even when I had the money in my account I’d suspect that the government would turn round and tell me that it was all a mistake and could they have the money back in 7 days please and thank you very much.

    Therefore I wouldn’t change a thing, I’d act in the same way and spend and give the same amount. My payments for my previous debts would go into an account in readiness for paying the government back when they notice the mistake.

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