Is debt your puppetmaster?

Before I was a published author, before I was married, before my book tours, I took a fantastic trip to New Mexico to a writer’s conference. There I formed my first valuable connections in the publishing industry, which eventually led to my books getting published. If there is one thing I would change regarding my early 20’s it would be to not get into debt!


Debt is easy to take on. As soon as you start building credit the world seems to open up for you. “Wow! I can get this amount with a low monthly payment!” Little by little the debt grows until suddenly its chains totally stifle your ambitions and dreams and your effectiveness. Each debt adds a string. One pulls your hand, one pulls your arm, another pulls your mouth, until one is even attached to your heart. Debt can ruin your effectiveness.

To make the trip for my first book tour I took on a small bank loan. At the time it did not seem like a big deal. Looking back, though, it was the first puppet string I allowed to be attached. Debt made the first few years of my marriage more difficult and pushed back the timeframe when I could reasonably achieve the professional and personal goals I set for myself. The puppet had a master and that master was money.

Last year I finally eliminated the vast majority of my debt. I started by getting rid of the brand new car (which I loved) and paying cash for a minivan instead. That was just one step that has now put me back in a position to say, “Now I can make a timeline to achieve my dreams, get back to doing what I love, and be more effective spiritually.”

If I can give one piece of advice to younger folks, it is that they stay out of debt. Debt does three things that hurt your chances of success:

  1. Makes you a ‘servant to the lender’
  2. Puts your dreams on hold
  3. Builds stress in your life

A debt-free person can be:

  1. Free to pursue their dreams
  2. Emotionally empowered
  3. Governed by wisdom in their actions

What we are able to achieve is only limited by the emotional strings we are able to cut.

Question: Have you considered how debt limits your dreams?


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The most obvious thing about me is how much I love reading and writing. Great stories are truly my passion and have been for as long as I can remember. Growing up in a conservative Christian home I learned to value God, intelligence, and life. I am always striving to learn. I am a husband and a father to five children. I love my family and my life. God is good and I attribute my success to His provision.

Great fantasy stories are a lot of fun. I write the stories that I want to read and am fortunate enough to have several published novels under my belt as well as more in the pipeline.

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2 thoughts on “Is debt your puppetmaster?

  1. First of all, congrats on getting rid of most of your debt! Can’t wait to see where your new freedom will lead you!

    Luckily, I do not have much debt yet, but once I’m out of school I will have acquired quite a large amount of debt. Because of this, I already have a sort of “plan” for when I move out on my own (my parents and grandparents have been letting me stay with them while I go to school, God bless them!). While this plan will be very limiting (how will I survive without a dog?), it will keep me on a budget so that I can pay off my debt as soon as possible.

    • Hi KT,
      Sounds like you have a good plan. I pray God blesses it as you move forward.

      I believe that being free of debt will allow me to more fully explore my creative potential by freeing up my mind and my finances. In the area of finances alone this will enable me to produce more content to add to the ever-expanding lines of product I’m working on for my books.