Thursday, October 27, 2011

Excuse me. Do you have change....

How do you handle change?

I know that many of us no longer carry much cash, in part because we don’t have much to carry and in part to the ease of using a check card or credit card.  Even with the ease of using “plastic”, there are still times we need to carry cash. i.e., a bill, a buck, a clam, a ten-spot, a sawbuck, a Hamilton, a Benjamin, a C-note, a bone, a green back,…some dough.  Sometimes we need to carry the almighty dollar.

I like the feel of a crisp new twenty dollar bill.  When I get the chance to have one in my wallet, I try really hard to keep it there.  I experience a sense of security in knowing it’s in my possession, something to fall back on when the need arises.  It is like carrying singles when you are traveling; it’s reassuring that when the need to offer a tip presents itself, you know you have in your pocket what is needed to do what you know you should do.

Though it is nice and prudent to keep that crisp $20 in your wallet as long as possible, what do you do when you have to break it and all of a sudden find yourself dealing with change?  Change is not easy to deal with.  It weighs heavy on us and it is not as comfortable to handle.  It rattles around and can become a distraction.

We often lose it!   

The reality of life is that change is going to come, be it in copper, nickel, silver or gold.  When it comes, what are you going to do with it? 

All change adds up, and all change creates growth.  When we are dealing with pennies, it seems like it takes forever to get to where we think we need to be; and if the change is golden…well, that presents its own set of challenges.

Change is change.  If we are talking about money, every penny counts.  We just need to realize its importance and value and let it add up to work for the good.

If we are talking about change in our lives, we can say the same thing.  All change creates growth.  It takes us out of our comfort zones and allows us to see things from a different perspective…and I can assure you that God is in that new point of view.

Change in your life and in my life is coming; and it is our faith, not our cash, that gives us security and the hope we need.  We have to focus on the little things, the little blessings…like pennies, they add up.  It is through paying attention to the little blessings that keeps us from breaking and becoming rattled and weighed down.  It keeps us from loosing it.  Don’t keep the little things to yourself…God is in the pennies.

You can take that to the bank.

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