today i was reminded of the value of a dollar. how 100 pennies in the piggy bank are no equal to peace and contentment. how did this come about? by an outing to target.
armed with coupons & prepared for the worst from my infant & toddler (neither of which has been the best shopper as of late) i picked a parking spot close to the cart corral and headed into the store. thankful that they didn't have any of the carts with the toddler seats that make them an extra 3 feet long, Isaac settled for us getting a regular cart. we cruised the $1 section in the front to check for craft items, as usual, and found a book of car stickers than mommy managed to slip into the cart when Isaac wasn't looking (something to save for a rainy day).
and there it was. he found it and his face lit up with awe. to you, it's nothing special. a 2 foot piece of foam, brightly colored & just enough definition to be able to tell what it's supposed to be. but to a 2 year old boy, it was the most amazing sword in he had ever seen. and to mommy? it was my ticket to a quite shopping experience. $1. i had 3 coupons in my hand that totalled a savings of $3.50. i could handle a dollar.
we spent the next hour walking down isles that i never see anymore, sifted through a couple clearance racks and even back tracked a couple times; all a very different experiance from our typical "get in, get what we need, and get out!" all the while mommy usually saying, "Isaac come on," "Isaac, yes that's pretty," "Isaac come on," "Isaac just look with your eyes," "Isaac come on." no today it was like i had a completely different boy. he sat in the cart (a feat in and of itself) and just talked quitely, pointing things out occationally, but mostly just sitting. it was amazing!
even now, he's up in his bed asleep with his sword cuddled under the covers with him. it makes me laugh at how the little things can be so hugely great to him.
i know that we need to be good stewards of the bountiful blessings God gives us. and Nick and i work to try and stretch our dollars and save when we can. and we also have the desire to teach our boys how to be wise with money as they get older. but we also remember that money is just a thing. and like all things, it is fleeting and trivial in light of eternity. i'm reminded of a verse...
Proverbs 23:4-5 "Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it. When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certianly makes itself wings Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens."
how quickly money is gone. there are so many things that are more important. things that will impact people and eternity. or even little things, like preoccupying a little boy and giving me a peaceful and even pleasent experience with my sons. so what is a dollar compared to that?