4 Spiritual Questions the Church Should Consider:
Part 2 - Luxury or Wisdom
Last week I shared a link to a group of people discussing the gig economy and were negative over all. They were discussing how far is too far with the gig economy and brought up some questions that I think the church needs to discuss. This series of articles identifies the questions and starts the conversation.
(Here is a link to this transcript https://www.theringer.com/tech/2018/1/24/16924466/how-far-will-gig-economy-go-uber-lyft-airbnb WARNING: OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE)
Luxury or Wisdom
The other day as I listened to one of my favorite Christian Business podcasts, the Building a Story Brand podcast, I heard Bryan Miles for the fourth time (maybe, I have a bit of a niche) Bryan is the ultimate in taking advantage of technology to make life easier for busy people. Bryan owns Belay Resources, a virtual company that hires out virtual assistants, bookkeepers, and more. His company employs over 600 people and allows them to work at their discretion with clients who can use their services at rates that are flexible. Can you say “gig!!!”?
People like Bryan are making people more productive, and giving work to people which is great, but he said something that struck a nerve, so I want to discuss the question.
“There is no longer the excuse, well this is a luxury.” – Bryan Miles http://buildingastorybrand.com/episode-80/
To be fair, Bryan and Don went on to discuss this becomes true for those who lead a lot of people, but the question must be addressed, “Is this a luxury or wisdom?” In a gig economy it can be very easy to begin to take advantage of resources and people who are willing to help “grow your brand”, when you can’t afford it.
Somewhere between ultimate productivity and budgets there is a balance. It is more affordable than ever, thanks to Bryan and others like him, to have an assistant. The beauty of that is that you can get help with managing your life, so you can be free to live it. The problem is that having that help may seem necessary very quickly when in fact using a calendar would do the trick.
At lunch yesterday, several of us were discussing the convenience of Kroger’s “Click List”. In the group was a mother with a busy toddler, who uses Click List to save her time and the frustration of having her son drive her to the brink of insanity in a grocery store. That’s awesome! However, while her budget allows for the extra $5 to do this, and clearly her life needs it right now, my budget really doesn’t and my kids are old enough to actually be a help.
So how do you know when it is wise to spend an extra $5, and when it is a luxury?
You must ask “What is the real cost?” and “What is the real value?”
If taking advantage of a particular service is slowly going to bleed you bank account dry and send you into debt you can’t get out of, it is not wise. If however, you can stay sane, be more productive and save 2-$20 hours by paying $5, maybe it is worth the “luxury”. The key is to ask the question and be honest in you answer.