So the story I’m about to share is, honestly, a bit embarrassing.
It shows my naivete in some aspects, but it is a mistake so many make, in more ways than one.
Let me explain.
Not too long ago, I made a decision to purchase an item. This particular item was very expensive, and the company I was getting it from had an option where you could lease it, make monthly payments on it, and once these payments were complete, you would own the product.
Pretty simple, right?
I’ve done this type of thing before with other companies and never had any problems, but this time was different for two reasons.
One: I was purchasing from a different company.
And two: I was doing it by myself. Every other time I’ve done something like this, I’ve had a parent — an experienced adult — with me.
So the day was finally there, and I was going to make this purchase.
While speaking with the sales representative and speeding through the mountain of paperwork, I asked about the monthly payment, making sure that it was within my budget.
“What’s the monthly payment?” I had asked. She told me the number, which was a little higher than I first thought, but still within my budget.
So she pulled out the contract that legally binded me to the lease of this item and to completing the monthly payments, and I signed it.
Later at home, I was reading the contract since the sales representative hadn’t afforded me the time beforehand. And that’s when I noticed.
The sales representative hadn’t been completely honest with me. The number she gave me for the monthly payments was wrong; I would owe ten dollars more on the payment. Which isn’t a big deal.
No, the big deal was that the payment that she told me was monthly, was actually a bi-weekly payment.
I nearly died when I realized how much money I had just agreed to fork out for this item each month. I definitely could not afford that!
I’m not going to lie to you. I straight up panicked. I had signed a contract and I had no idea if I could get out.
I spent the next day panicking while I attempted to get a hold of somebody, with the help of an experienced adult this time, of course.
Due to a little help from my family, I was able to get the situation all turned around. I got myself out of the contract, which wasn’t quite as binding as I had first thought.
And while this situation is extremely embarrassing to me, and while it’s hard for me to admit how stupid I was, I think it’s important to share. Because how many contracts do we sign with the enemy?
I was at a prayer meeting when I heard someone pray for contracts that were signed with the devil to be broken, and this moment came back to my remembrance, and it just hit me.
So many times in our spiritual lives, we “sign a contract with the enemy” and get ourselves into a mess we aren’t fully prepared to handle.
So many times, we mess up and think we’re too far gone, that we can’t get out, that we’re stuck in our sin — but that’s just not true.
There is no sin too big, no problem too large, no chain too thick for God to break.
And get this: the “contracts” we sign with the enemy aren’t binding.
Just like how I was able to get out of my contract, so will you.
Take a look at your life. What contracts have you signed?
Have you signed away your peace to pursue something you know is wrong? Have you signed away your joy in order to achieve a goal that doesn’t make you truly happy? Have you signed away your salvation to make room for relationships you aren’t meant to be in?
When I signed that contract, I was trying to obtain something material, which is in no way wrong, within reason. But this was out of reason. The cost was too high, and I would have to sacrifice too much.
So why don’t you review your “contracts”? Is it out of reason? Is the cost too high? Are you having to sacrifice more than you should?
Because no relationship is worth your joy. No goal is worth your peace. Nothing is worth losing your salvation for.
So if you look back and see that you’ve unwittingly signed a contract that demands a price too high to pay, now is the time to back out. Nullify (make legally null and void; invalidate; cancel out) any agreement you’ve made. It’s just not worth it.
Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license.
An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life.
Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her.
You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige