It’s Only Money!

While exercising at the health center, my swimming buddy and I began discussing the high costs of everything from medicine to fuel to food.  At some point, I shrugged. “Really, it’s only money–pieces of paper (or plastic if you live in Australia).  One poof of a match and it’s a pile of ashes.”

For my melancholy friends my attitude toward that pesky green stuff (always of short supply in my wallet) must be inconceivable.  It goes against the very fiber of the American way of life.   In an effort to protect it we bank it; buy IRA’s, buy stocks and bonds, and hoard it under our Temprepedic mattresses–to no avail.  All of us, both the haves and the have-nots, are at the mercy of faceless money-mongers who can increase its value or devalue it at will.

As a kid, supper often consisted of pieces of white bread in a bowl of milk or cornbread in milk.  I didn’t connect the meal to a shortage in the family larder.  It was simply good eating!

Over thousands of years, paper currency has replaced coins made of precious metals, cowry shells, barley, beads, even salt.  And while bills are easier to carry in my pocket, it’s still just money.  Older friends lament being on a fixed income.  But I have news for you.  “You’re not!  A child of God forced need never live on a fixed income.  Daddy-God has a thousand other ways to meet your needs.  I’m not saying life will always be easy or that my table will groan under the weight of numerous culinary delicacies.

Richard and I have had times when we fished nickels out of our piggy bank to buy a quart of milk.  Yet when challenged with financial concerns, there are two promises I’ve learned I can trust.  Psalm 37:25 says, “I was young and now I am old, yet I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken nor their seed begging for bread.”

The second promise I never forget is Psalm 50:10, 15, “… Every animal in the forest is mine and the cattle on a thousand hills… Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you will honor me.”

Prime rib, anyone?  (Metaphorically speaking, of course.)



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