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Found Money

I came across this story by Sue Freshour and thought it was a great illustration on perspective and drives home the  need for each of us to try and see things from God's point of view and not our own.

A few years ago my sister, Marjorie, and I were walking along our lake road in Crystal Lake, Michigan, discussing  our day's events. Marjorie saw something sticking up out of the sand and she stopped for a closer look. To our  amazement it was a crumpled $20 bill. 

A little bit jealous, I silently wondered what she would do with the money. Fortunately, I didn't need to be  jealous for too long, because just a few yards away I spotted another $20! What a lucky day! I thought. 

We continued the rest of our walk together, reveling in our good fortune. We laughed and talked all the way home about our "found money."

When I arrived at home I just couldn't stop thinking about how I was going to spend it. I know! I'll spend it on  something absolutely unpractical! I proclaimed to myself. I will spend it entirely on something just for me! What a  lucky day!

I carefully tucked my stash into a corner of my chest of drawers, repeating my vow to spend it on something I  didn't need. Fun money! 

At church the next Sunday, I was to be forever humbled. While the collection plate was making its rounds, I spied Marjorie take out her crumpled $20 bill and drop it in. That day I discovered the true difference between me and my sister.

Funny, I can't seem to remember what I bought.

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward