An Unexpected Gift

150cashA QUESTION

If someone gave you $150.00 in cash, what would you do with it?
No strings attached, no expectations, just a gift to be spent anyway you’d like.

What would you do with $150.00?

WITHOUT THINKING, HERE ARE SOME IDEAS

  1. Go to the movies twenty times.
  2. Buy 150 lottery tickets.
  3. Get a really good massage.
  4. Donuts.
  5. Put the $150 in a drawer.

lottery tickets    donut platter

SOME BETTER IDEAS

  1. Fill the shopping cart with whatever I like.
  2. Take my wife out for a nice meal.
  3. But some fly fishing stuff I don’t really need.
  4. Get fifteen pairs of $10.00 socks.
  5. Have my car detailed.

SOME EVEN BETTER IDEAS

  1. Donate it to Hope For Haiti’s Children.
  2. Give out thirty $5.00 bills to hungry people.
  3. Take my “grandkids” (children of friends) on a fun outing.
  4. Buy some groceries for an unemployed family.
  5. Give it to a student wanting to take a mission trip.

The truth is, $150 isn’t a lot of money. But it’s still $150 and there are scores of worthy things to spend it on, and scores of unworthy things too.

It could be used for something significant or for something frivolous. It could buy a nice gift for a friend. It could be given to charity. It could help somebody. Or maybe not.

If I put the cash in my pocket, I’ll spend it and won’t remember what I spent it on. I would be grateful for the gift, but when the money was gone, so would my gratitude.

BUT WHAT IF

But what if the gift was $150,000? As an illustration, just imagine someone giving you $150,000. That’s enough to make a difference; it could even be a life changer. We wouldn’t want to waste that money, wouldn’t want to waste the opportunity.

pile-of-cash
The Proverbial Pile of Cash: $150,000

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

Jesus taught that those who were faithful with little would be given much. Do you believe that? Are God’s blessings, even the financial ones, linked to our monetary management?

I’m not suggesting that good management will result in unexpected wealth. But God is watching and he is watching us the same way that we watch our children. When our kids handle their money well, when they are careful, generous, and make good choices, then don’t we want to bless them with more? Of course we do. And isn’t the opposite just as true?

CLOSING THOUGHTS

In the eyes of God, I shouldn’t handle $150 any differently than I would $150,000, but I probably would. Is it because of the relative buying power? I don’t mind “blowing” a few bucks, but I wouldn’t be frivolous with the larger sum.

The amounts are different, but it’s the same principle, right?

Not being a stick in the mud. Not suggesting that life shouldn’t be fun.

It’s just a thought.

Shalom

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