Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. Proverbs 6:6-8
“I am not buying you a television for your room. If you want one, you’ll just have to earn the $300 yourself.”
I was firm with Katie, my twelve-year-old daughter, confident she’d never save up that much money. But Katie, to my surprise, took up the challenge. We both learned a lesson about saving and the value of perseverance.
Katie launched her plan to get that television almost immediately. First she approached our former babysitter and offered to help her through the summer. She gratefully took Katie up on her offer and hired her several hours a day to walk the older kids to the park and pick up toys at the end of each day.
She took a small garbage bag and gloves, rode her bike throughout our community, and picked up soda cans for money from the recycling center. The number of cans quickly added up over the dry summer.
Each Friday Katie went to the bank and deposited her money. The tellers soon were cheering her onto her goal with growing excitement. One of the tellers even hired Katie on several weekends to help clean out the garage and wash the windows.
By the time school was ready to start, she’d earned her money. Persevering each day, Katie bought her television and learned a valuable lesson about saving money.
In this world of instant gratification, we want something and we want it now. The reality of life is we often have to wait to achieve what we deeply want. God promises to help us through and provide our needs, but often He expects our responsibility in the matter. Regardless of your age, delaying your desires can be difficult. Maturity is learning to live with temporary discomfort so we can enjoy the prize later.
Katie kept her eyes on the end result, the grand prize, and took daily steps to getting there. What are you doing while you wait? Let God guide you in your creativity to earn your wage.
Jean Wise is a freelance journalist/writer and a speaker at retreats and gatherings. She has written numerous devotionals, magazine articles, and newspaper features. She and her husband enjoy their empty nest in Edon, Ohio. Find out more at her blog, www.healthyspirituality.org and her website, www.jeanwise.org.
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