A few days ago, in between music performances at Target, my goal was to find Annie a winter coat. I was bound and determined. Of course, she did not want to do this. She only wanted to play. So with her usual, brilliant two-year-old intellect, she said, "But Mommy, I already have a jacket at home and I'm not even cold right now and Mommy... I have three jackets at home!" she exclaimed. Well, of course, this stopped me in my tracks. She was just trying to play; she wasn't trying to teach me the philosophy and theology of living lightly, but she did.
She does have three jackets. Well- not jackets. But zip up hoodies. And let's be honest. We live in Texas. At the height of our winter, I could layer those three hoodies on top of each other and let her sleep in the back yard if she wanted and she would not be anywhere near frost-bitten!
(Don't worry, I won't try this. I don't have a back yard.)
In that moment- Annie taught me another lesson with her simple 2-yr-old, "But momma, I already have a jacket."
And so I let it go.
She's right. She doesn't need a coat right now. It can wait. Lots of things can wait. And, she already has three. Instead of getting another coat I went to the bank, pulled out the money I budgeted for the coat, and set it aside for a need that does exist right now.
Don't underestimate the power of your money. Big or small. Truth is, there are a lot of things that can wait. Don't believe me? Ask a two-year-old. Even they know excess.
And there are some things, like the current famine in Somalia that's leaving thousands of innocent children starving to death in its wake- that cannot wait.
My friend Derek just traveled back from the Horn of Africa. Please take four minutes to watch his documentary- it is inspiring.
Ask yourself- is there something that can wait so that we can all give hope to people who cannot wait any longer? Your money counts. What we do with our money collectively counts.