In July of 2014, my car’s odometer hit 87,000 miles. But I had the pink slip. My insurance was low because of its age. And I saw no repair costs on the horizon. It was therefore my hope to drive it another 50,000 miles. But as Robert Burns wrote, “the best laid plans of mice and men sometimes go awry.” By September, I was looking at $6,000 to replace the engine. As I calculated how many more miles I might get out of it, along with the additional repairs it would need over the next 50,000 miles, it became obvious that the wisest choice was to get another car. So I looked at used cars, but couldn’t find anything reasonable. Then I looked at new cars, and eventually found a good deal. I would have preferred not have had to get another car, as that would have left the most money to be generous in the ways God speaks about in scripture. But since that wasn’t possible, I tried to keep the cost of a new car as low as I could.