Perhaps you are struggling these days with financial problems due to unemployment, COVID-19, a reduction in work hours, medical expenses – the list goes on and on.
We had similar struggles financially when Bryan was a little guy of eight…
Our income was minimal with a family of four to sustain. Grocery shopping was an embarrassment because of rejected credit cards and checks. Our savings was almost depleted. We had to ask for the Deacon’s Fund offering at church to buy food.
When the kind, elderly, uniformed man appeared at our front door one spring day to ask for a donation, I just lost it. Curious Bryan, always by my side, decided to take matters into his own hands and trudged up to his bedroom, returning with his tiny silver piggy bank.
Both adults were speechless as he dumped the meager contents into the man’s outstretched hand. After acknowledging the gift, I closed the door, struck by the spontaneity and generosity of Bryan’s offering.
And then he surprised me again. “Why did you do that, Buddy?” I questioned. He replied matter-of-factly, “The Not-So-Buried Treasure” – home and family.”
Bryan had quoted from his favorite Berenstein Bears book. His take-away: money is not what is important in life. It is home and family. We still had each other. Such a treasure!
It also brought a scripture lesson to mind which carried us through that tough time along with Bryan’s valuable lesson. Matthew 6:25 : “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” NIV