by Raymond Timmerman
I am reminded of an incident that took place nearly two decades ago. Jon, my eldest child, was 5 years old and his sister, Tabitha, was only 2. We were in the toy department at Walmart when Jon looked behind a stack of toys and found a dollar bill. He asked me what he should do with it. Not knowing exactly what to say, I suggested that he keep it because in all likelihood the real owner would never get it back.
30 minutes later we were at a grocery store where Jon picked up 5 tootsie pops that were bound together. “Do I have enough money to buy these?” he asked me. Upon telling him yes, his little sister also picked up some tootsie pops. Seeing an opportunity to possibly teach my child a lesson, I stated, “Jon, you’ve got enough money to buy your own as well as Tabitha’s with your left over money.” He thought for a second…and then said that he would buy hers too. It was then that I replied, “That’s OK. Daddy will take care of it. I’ll buy it for the both of you. Now you can keep your dollar.”
Is not this whole scenario just how our heavenly Father desires to do business with us?
Luke 16:11 says, “Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous mammon, who will entrust the true riches to you?”
Money is neither moral nor immoral. it all depends on our attitudes and what we do with it. At the age of 2, Tabitha was incapable of making the same decision that her brother did at the age of 5, and yet, so many adults display the same incapability. It has been said if a person would get their attitude right toward money, then they are on their way to getting their attitude correct toward God also.
Sometimes I wonder: if we would grasp the real value of money would not our heavenly Father take care of us even more so?