16 March 2020
Slow Down ~ The Value of a Thing
Greetings Dear Reader,
The entire quote is from Larry Niven in the book Lucifer’s Hammer. This is one of my favorite dystopian novels. “The value of a thing is what that thing will bring.” When we consider this, we find it both true and a lie. It cannot be accepted as an axiom.
When we see people willing to sell hand-sanitizer for $79 we understand the idea behind it. Price-gouging is a recurring theme when there are disasters. There is a federal agency, The National Center for Disaster Fraud. Their job is to prevent a package of 320 Lysol disinfecting wipes that usually cost $13.57 being priced at $220.
If we accept this practice during a time of trouble, we are not loving our fellow humans. We are moving fast when we should slow down. If we truly believe that the Father provides our needs, we do not have to engage in either end of this kind of transaction. We are always better off than our fears tell us.
When we move too fast, we hoard when we should be sharing. We raise the price when we should be giving. When we move slowly, we see the needs of others. We share, give, and love. During times of trouble, we can stand out by moving slowly. Dear Reader, it is far better to give than to receive. It is what will reflect Christ to others. It is what puts us on the path where the Father can care for us as we care for others.
This is the path that we all must walk. It is the journey that gets us closer to home and further from our lower selves. It is where the joy is. It raises the opportunity to be moving slowly enough to see the Father at work in the world. That is priceless.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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