I was listening to a radio show about finance management today, in between errands as I ran around feverishly buying groceries for a University retreat that I am an advisor for that is happening this weekend.

The caller was explaining that they had just paid off $180, 000 of debt in two years.  It was student loans, car loans, a 2nd mortgage on the house, some medical bills, credit card loans … at one point, these people finally got fed up with owing everyone and their dog.  I think it was autonomy they desired.

So, they set their faces to the wind, and they got focused.

When the host asked them how they did it, the woman said, "You just have to get intentional about everything.  It all has to be about the goal of freedom." 

They have my admiration, because it cost them dearly to pay off that debt (pun intended).

But it it is not just finances that many of us are in bondage to. And, while it is somewhat easier to attain financial independence than emotional equality, (because money is so concrete – 'Are you in debt or aren't you?' That is a yes or no answer, where as, 'Are you relationally equal?' is much more difficult to quantify), still, emotional liberty is attainable and through the very same methods.

You just have to get intentional about everything.  It all has to be about the goal of freedom.