Free Coach purse, anyone?
A few weeks ago, my friend told me how fun it was to know a sweepstakes winner.
With a wink, I told her it was more fun to BE a sweepstakes winner.
You see, I just recently won an all-expenses-paid trip to New York where my husband and I stayed (sans kiddos!) at a very swanky hotel (does anyone besides me say “swanky” anymore?). We dined at the finest restaurants (Google “Per Se Restaurant.” You’ll see what I mean.) They even gave us cash for incidentals. And it wasn’t just a free trip—it was a free $2500 shopping spree for me with a personal shopper, too. We celebrated our 11 year anniversary in style. (I have already asked my husband how he expects to top this for our 12 year anniversary. I’ll keep you posted.)
This was our first vacation without kids since…well…since we’ve had kids! And all free. Wow.
“Free” made us think differently on the trip. We were blessed with an opportunity to be generous – with someone else’s money. Let me share with you a few ways that “free” changed us. (I am sharing the below not to brag, but to make an eventual point!)
–We tipped an amazing server $100, which was 50% of our bill. It was excessive and awesome. I cannot tell you how much fun it was to give so generously.
–At the end of the trip, we gave our doorman a gift card to his favorite restaurant. He had made navigating NYC so easy for us. We delighted in being a blessing to him with a special thank you.
–When deciding what to bring my sister-in-law (who was watching the kids while we were gone) as a souvenir, my hubby suggested buying her a Coach purse. (He’s a keeper, right?) My sis-in-law would probably never buy one for herself, so I thought that it was a perfect idea! I’m assuming that after news gets out that babysitting for us might result in a free Coach purse, I will not be short for babysitting volunteers in the future. 🙂
It wasn’t until we got home that it hit me.
It had been so easy to give, so FUN, because the money was not ours.
Is our money really ours anyway?
And if it is “my” money here on earth, am I using it for its best God-ordained purpose?
And, what about the fun part of giving? Am I normally a cheerful giver?
I’m not talking about tithing. I’m talking about what happens after that. I’m not talking about condemnation, either. I’m talking about awareness.
1 Timothy 6:17-18 says, “Command those who are rich [side note—that’s you. That’s me. Go to www.globalrichlist.com and see for yourself.] in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.”
God gave me the amazing opportunity to see what life would be like to give wildly. To be generous. To be willing to share. But I don’t have to win a sweepstakes to give wildly. I can do it with my money, my time, my very self right now.
If I’m willing.
Am I putting hope in my wealth? Or am I willing to share? Am I rich at the bank? Or am I rich in good deeds?
Who knew that a little gift of a Coach purse could make one ponder God’s word so much?
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