We have all read the nightmare stories of student loans wreaking havoc on the personal finances of the young and old. Here’s another thing student loans may cause… HAIR LOSS! DUN-DUN-DUUUUN!!! Haha. Life isn’t meant to be lived seriously all the time, so I decided to post about my male patterned baldness haha.
Going bald is a pain for me, as I have placed a bit of my identity in the strength of my hairline. Yeah… kind of silly. This past November, I stressed tremendously about my son starting daycare with his sister. I was on paternity leave at the time and the stress wasn’t about missing my son per se… it was the pressure to provide for two kids in daycare lol.
Yet the Lord provided and continues to provide. My nights became sleepless as I wondered how we would make it with my student loans, regular monthly expenses, and now daycare for 2. I was prepared to reduce my student loan payment to make things work. I grew frustrated thinking about all the progress made in reducing the debt to only watch it creep back up.
I was literally going bald at the top of my head due to stress, check out the picture.
The elders in my family with wrinkly, low-hanging, bubbled lips would say, “Boy, the Lord is never surprised”. To which I would immediately exhale audibly and roll my eyes.
Soon everything became too much, I broke down and decided to challenge the Lord with Psalm 127:3-5 (NIV), “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them”.
I didn’t feel blessed at the time. After I decided to relinquish control as Proverbs 3:5-6 instructs, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight”.
My family follows a strict budget and my wife isn’t too thrilled about it. However, there is more than enough every month. The provision doesn’t make any sense, as we should be in the negative. We may not have always have we want, but we always have what we need.
My hair even grew back, check out the waves HAHA. Hair is a trivial matter in the grand outlook of life, my razor is ready to “Come On Home” and join the pantheon of bald greats-Dwayne Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Vin Diesel
Below is an update on my student loan balance. I have no choice but to give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. -Psalm 136:1