What’s in your wallet?
In mine, you’ll find mostly the usual — driver’s license, credit cards, store cards, AAA card, medical insurance cards, some business cards and a card for free cheese nachos at a local Mexican restaurant with no expiration date on it. I’ve had it for years, because I figure they will have to honor it! I have appointment cards for two doctors’ appointments (both of which I have missed), a few receipts — one from a local restaurant, one from a baker in town whose blueberry muffins have become a Saturday morning ritual. (I affectionately call him the bi-polar baker, because you never know what mood he’s going to be in when you go there.) And finally a receipt from a BMX bike store in downtown Los Angeles that Chandler wanted to go to for his birthday called — and I kid you not — “ONSOMESHIT Store LA.” They have two stores: this one and one in Beijing, China. A bit hard to believe when this one is the size of a walk-in closet.
Sometimes we have treasures in our wallets. That’s the case with Marti, who has two. One is a scripture verse given to her years ago by the Chairman of our board. It’s soiled, torn and barely holding together. The verse is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” And the other is a Mother’s Day card Chandler made, with a drawing of a vase of flowers on the front, a particular fold he created with the instructions to “flip around,” and inside, two quotes he pulled from somewhere: “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding,” and “True happiness is … to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.” And then there’s this: “I love you Mama!!!! Hope you have a great day.” A keeper for sure.
How about you? Any treasures in your wallet? Send them to me, I’d like to share them.
Now grab that wallet again and realize that what you hold in your hand is what most people believe contains the secret to their ability to experience happiness. Without declaring it so, has it become your worship center? We think we can learn some very valuable lessons about giving from people in the Word of God who don’t start giving when they have more money. Rather, in most cases, people start giving when they have more joy. Perhaps this is because they are no longer dependent on wallet-worship for their happiness. Give when you have more joy, not more money. That’s one of the secrets of giving.