Those of you who follow me on instagram or facebook would have heard by now the drama surrounding the sad breaking of my iphone5’s camera. I was using my iphone on Sunday and the camera on the back of the phone would not focus. This is the camera most of us use 95% of the time. The camera on the FRONT of the phone, looking at you worked okay but its not nearly as good as the one on the back. Also when you take pictures with the front camera you cant see what you are taking a photo of. In the photo to the right I am showing how the front camera would work. It have to FACE your subject. In this case it was facing a mirror. Hopefully this makes sense :)
So in short, I was very sad. I use my camera a lot and hated it was not working.
So Travis came home and told me I should just use his phone instead. We could go to the carrier and have them swap our phones (costing nothing). So I would then use his Galaxy5 with working camera and he would use the iPhone5. The iPhone5 was his old phone prior to us switching over to tmobile last year. He actually told me he preferred that phone and missed it. He liked its size a lot better than the galaxy and the operating system was easier to use. In short, he regretted ever switching to the Galaxy… but he was kind of trapped into that phone until the contract was up. I wont get into the complicated ordeal of how tmobile works but Travis could not switch his galaxy out just yet… without taking a loss.
So I had them switch my phone number to the galaxy phone and began using that. Seemed fine… until I started using the Galaxy. I did not like it! I have been using mac products since 2007 (yes im kind of mac loyal. Despite using PCs my entire life since like age 5… macs for me just work better, sorry PC fans.)… Once you get use to a mac, its hard to break free from the apple world :) … and honestly I just prefer their operating system and phones better. I also wasn’t a fan with how heavy the galaxy was and how big it was in my hands.
Over all, the phone was a pain to use and I couldn’t stand it. In fact so much so I would have rathered not have a phone than use the Galaxy. Yup that bad. So Travis told me I should just go get a new iphone and we will add it to our bill. No biggie… esp. since we still would be saving $75.00 a month. Our bill with Verizon Wireless prior to switching to tmobile was $175.00 A MONTH!! for two phones. When we switched to tmobile we got our two phones and service for $50.00! We pay $75.00 a month though because Travis had to get a new phone when we joined. (He should have just gotten another iphone then but well, thats a different story hehe). So our bill is $75.00 a month for our two phones and honestly that is a great price. So to add on an iphone6 or new iphone5c to our plan would up our bill to $100.00 a month. Still affordable for our budget….
… but as we went into the dealer to get this new phone so I could be free of the galaxy :) – I couldnt but help but wish my old iphone 5 would just work… I was perfectly happy with it and had no desire to upgrade. Even though the iphone 6 would offer a better phone speed and bells/whistles… to me, the cost of paying $25-30 more a month for 2 years just made me cringe. (Some call it cheap. I call it a wanting to be resourceful? haha… Im not cheap though. I am and I’m not. I spend when the time is needed. Like when I purchased my camera for my photography business. That camera cost more than my first car!! It was top of the line. Worth it though and needed for my business professionally… so there is a time and place to be cheap/er… frugal.)
As we waited for the tmobile guy to get us set up with the iphone 6… Travis pulled out the old iphone 5 from his pocket.
It then fell and hit the ground.
It was in an otterbox though and therefore didnt break… but I joked that it be funny if that drop made the camera start working again. So I took the phone in hand and opened up the camera.
It focused just fine.
… and nothing seemed wrong with the phone at all.
I was at a loss for a moment as to what to do… and I know without a doubt the tmobile guy working with us thinks I am nuts… but when I saw this phone was working fine, I didn’t want to upgrade. Even though Travis said I could… I just didn’t want to.
That money to me was worth saving.
There was no need to upgrade.
As we stood… I just spaced.
We went back and forth… and Travis told me to just upgrade, that the camera would prob give out soon enough any way…
… but I just couldn’t.
I just didn’t have a peace about it.
It sounds so stupid and silly to get stuck on something as small as $25.00 a month…
Maybe it is just something I feel strongly about more so than others. I think God lays on our hearts burdens and convictions in areas harder than others experience… That doesnt make anyone extra spiritual or better (trust me, I lack in other areas that put me to shame). It just makes us each different. We each process things differently… no one thinks alike and this may be so dumb for many and not even worth the fuss…
… but as I sat there on the border of getting this new phone.. binding me into these payments. I just couldn’t do it.
There is a piece of scripture in Hebrews 13 that says….
“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have.”
I think so often we are clouded by our wants vs. our needs… and while there are times and places to lavish ourselves in some wants… I think there comes such wisdom and blessing when we choose to deny those wants in situations like this.
I have an iphone5. Its not the newest phone.
It doesn’t have all the cool features of a 5s or 6… but it works now and I am content to keep it.
Would it be nice to have an iphone6. Sure! It be nice to have one and the $100 waterproof case and insurance to keep it safe… but I don’t need it.
Learning to be content is so important… and I am finding this to be true in so many areas, not just with “things” such as an iphone.
Be content with your home.
With the old furniture. The not so shiny floors. The cabinets you’d love to redo. Or the counter tops that aren’t granite. One day I may be blessed to have all of that and more… and that would be special and amazing… that one day is never guaranteed though and to live in a constant state of discontentment and envy… is no way to ever live.
… learning to live within our means and being ok with it…
I think if more people did this, there would be such freedom in our homes.