As we slowly move towards graduation, whether graduating in four years or two months, the thought of a vehicle has surely crossed your mind at one point or another. Picture yourself five or ten years down the road in a luxury car such as a Ferrari, Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, Bentley, or a Rolls-Royce. Sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it? But, what if I told you that your Civic, Corolla, Prius, or Focus were just as luxurious as a Ferrari or Mercedes-Benz? You would probably think I was a little crazy, which is rightfully so because everyone knows that Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in a Prius is funny while, Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in their Challenger is awesome. As a senior, about to graduate, I also fall victim to this idea that in five years, I will be rolling around in a RS 7 Audi, when in reality, I will still be owning the road with my Civic. Will I choose to be content?
Take a moment and think about what a car truly is to you. In America and other first world countries, a vehicle is a common mode of transportation. However, countless number of people live every day without a car. While we don’t often think of it in this way, the vehicle is a luxury good, a product which is not necessary but tends to make life more pleasant for the consumer. It is easy to overlook this fact as cars have become extremely common in America. But what if we changed our perspective to find that luxury value in the car you own right now?
After researching 4 Civic vehicles, LX, Sport, EX, EX-L Navi (listed least to most expensive), I found the price difference to be $5,600 from the LX to the EX-L Navi with only a few minor feature changes. As you consider what type of car you will purchase next, take a moment to pray about your decision. Are the extra features worth it to you, or do you feel God asking you to do something else with your money? There are countless ways in which you could use the “extra” $5,600, but what has God laid on your heart?
As we all work through life together, we need to strive to be great stewards and to be content with the many blessings that we have been given. So, the next time you are looking to buy a car, consider joining Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in the luxurious life of a Prius, and leave the fancy cars to Paul Walker and Vin Diesel to crash.