So, I was given a very exciting gift this Christmas- a Starbucks giftcard! (Yes, I know that local is better, but you don't live where I live. Coffee Bandits on Main St. may change this reality- my first mocha there was very pretty, an important quality in a mocha.) The thing I love about my gift card is that it fills a household budget void and makes me feel like I now have the power to make any day special. And with the average cost of the drinks I choose, I have the power to make about 10 days special.
For some of you, this may seem ridiculous that a cup full of chocolate milk and a little bit of coffee can make a day special, but a while ago my family decided to focus our resources on what really matters. The resource of my time was reallocated so that more was spent with little ones and less was spent earning dollars. The resource of our money was reallocated so that debt could be eliminated and freedom to follow God's call wherever could be gained. These weren't decisions I would have been able to make 10 years ago (when I was working more and racking up all that debt- wait, how does that work??).
But someone must have been praying for me like Paul prayed for the church of Philippi. "That your love may become more and more rich with knowledge and all kinds of insight. I pray this so that you will be able to decide what really matters and so you will be sincere and blameless on the day of Christ." Philippians 1:9-10 Common English Bible
Now, I'm able to decide that mochas and turbo-engines aren't what really matters. Neither do popularity or perfect skin. What really matters are the things that free us up to share more and more love, more and more of God. What really matters to you?
Cheers- to a special day!