I just spent way more time than I am interested in spending trying to find the post where I was living in fear of a collection agency coming after me for magazine subscriptions that had expired…I gave up the search, but I did write one….
It is hard to say when, because I have been hounded for the better part of a year by two magazines. Apparently they were “extremely disappointed” in me for breaking our trust relationship.
I guess when I purchased a one year subscription, they felt we had entered into a lifetime commitment. I had other ideas.
Each month, I would get these shame-provoking statements about how, when I ordered the magazine, this poor company had sent it to me in good faith thinking I would pay my bill. Well, I had. For the one year subscription that I wanted.
It was their idea to continue sending me magazines each month beyond what I had ordered. And so, the language of the billing escalated to a kind of threatening level.
I finally decided to attempt to “do the right thing”. I wrote on the bills that I no longer wanted the magazines and could they please remove me from the mailing list. Yes, I broke down and actually put a stamp on an envelope and tried to end this relationship, as if I was dealing with people who have feelings.
Well….good news, bad news….now I am such a great customer that they are combining the two magazines and giving me enough discounts to retire on. Ok. I exaggerate. But I have gotten increasingly better offers since I contacted them with my status. I am now up to being able to purchase BOTH magazines for a combined fee of $8 for a year.
I am assuming this month, I will also be offered partial ownership in the company.
And all I can think of is a verse….
When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:7 (NASB)
I am not suggesting this is a great thing with publications you don’t want, but I am thinking that maybe God likes it when I swallow my pride, attempt the apology; even when I feel I wasn’t in the wrong, and humble myself by following through at whatever cost.
May God bless you today as you seek to live in ways that are pleasing to Him <3