I was once again feeling sorry for myself and the position that I’m in financially. I pulled out the change in my pocket and threw the coins into my coin jar. I didn’t bother to count the coins – they were just coins and I threw them in a jar. I don’t know how much money is in the jar – it’s just a bunch of coins.
At that moment, God hit me on the head and said, “Do you realize that you have more money in that jar than most people in the world have to their name? You throw your coins in there like they mean nothing to you (because they don’t) and yet that is more savings than most people have. There is probably $300 plus in there. That is more than many families live on in a year”.
I looked down in disgrace. He was right. That is A LOT OF MONEY to some people. To me it is almost a nuisance. Coins are heavy. Coins aren’t worth much. No one wants pennies.
I am not poor. I am blessed. I have never gone hungry. I have never had a leaky roof. I have never been without heat (or air conditioning for that matter). I have always had clean clothes and shoes. I have a car and a truck. I don’t need to walk to the store. I have clean running water. I have hot water. I have electricity that is on almost 100% of the time.
The list goes on and on. There are 40 verses on “being satisfied”. Here is just one:
Deuteronomy 8:10 (NIV)
10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.
We were recently looking through a box of old photographs. We marveled at the quality of pictures that our parents have from the 50’s and 60’s and the poor pictures that we have from the 70’s. The reason – in the 1970’s the camera/film companies advanced technology to “instamatic” cameras. The cameras were small and the film came in cartridges that were easy to load and unload. It was a great idea. Very cheap cameras and easy film. The problem was that the pictures were lousy and the negatives were so small that blowing anything up in size only made them worse. The other great innovation was the Polaroid which gave instant developed pictures. The downsize was that these pictures were worse, there was no negative and they were expensive.
By the 1980’s photography buffs switched back to modern 35 mil cameras and the quality of pictures greatly improved. I became interested in developing and thought that a dark room would be cool. I never made it to that but now I’m glad I didn’t invest the money in it. Who would have guessed that we’d all be walking around with cell phones that take great pictures. Kodak sure didn’t.
Sometimes “progress” isn’t so good. Sometimes the new “technology” isn’t as good as the old. On the other hand, we need to move on, experiment, explore and work towards better technology. One hundred years ago, people riding in horse drawn wagons were laughing at people who spent a lot of money for a new car that sputtered, broke down and couldn’t go through muddy streets. Just imagine if we had spurned this progress and stayed with the horse and buggy.
Don’t be afraid to go backwards to go forward. Most of the people who experimented with the new cars kept their horse and buggies for back up. We should have done the same with cameras. Oh well.
Anyone want to buy some 8 track tapes?
1 Timothy 4:15 NIV
15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.