Alfred Morris is a running back for the Dallas Cowboys. Last year he signed a two-year contract worth $5.5 million and received a $1 million signing bonus. To put it bluntly, Alfred Morris isn’t hurting for cash. So why on earth would he choose to drive a puny little 1991 Mazda 626 Sedan?
Morris explained, “It just keeps me grounded, where I came from and all the hard work for me to get to this point” (Redskins.com). Morris grew up with very little, was drafted in the 6th round in 2012, and his worked his way up into being an accomplished running back. Having this car helps him keep things in perspective. Alfred also has no plans to change his car. He has had the Mazda completely refurbished and even plans on passing it down to his kids. Morris said that he will drive the car until it dies.
While I don’t know much else about Alfred Morris’ character, I greatly appreciate it when a wealthy person doesn’t let wealth dictate who they think they have to be. Just because a person has money doesn’t mean it needs to be squandered or used in flashy ways.
When we don’t buy ourselves everything we want, it helps us to realize what’s really important. This is especially important for our spiritual well being. Why is it that Jesus said it was hard for the rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:24)? Because when we’re rich, we don’t have nearly as many needs. When we don’t have many needs, we don’t rely as much on God to provide those needs. When we don’t rely on God, we rely on ourselves. When we rely on ourselves, we are doomed to failure (Romans 3:23). This can be a vicious, and a potentially soul-altering, cycle.
Let’s not deceive ourselves either. We are rich. Very rich. Even if a person only makes $35,000 annually, he is in the top 1% of the entire world (Global Rich List). We rarely go without things we need (food, clothing, shelter, etc). Usually, our “needs” are just wants that we convince ourselves we need.
It might be valuable to take a page out of Alfred Morris’ book and keep our possessions humble. Not having everything can actually be a good thing. It pushes us to rely more on God. Anything that gets in the way of us relying on God is a problem. Let’s keep our mind focus on the actually important things, the spiritual things (Matthew 6:19-21).