“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24. NJKV.
I got out of work late yesterday and I decided to stop and get some Chinese food. I placed my order in the parking lot in front of the store. As I sat in the car and waited for my order I noticed two young kids casually walking past the store and looking on the ground as if they had lost something. A few minutes later I walked into the store, after a few more minutes while waiting for my order the two young kids walked in and sat down. The cashier who seemed to be a teenager (probably the owner’s son) looked at the two young kids as if they did not belong in the store. Then one of the kids asked me “sir, do you have a penny,” I thought for a second in my head what he would need a penny for and I didn’t have an actual penny on me. I replied “no, I don,t have a penny, why do you need a penny?” He responded that he was trying to buy himself and his cousin and he pointed to the other kid and his mom some egg rolls and he was a penny short of the total cost of the egg rolls. I reached into my wallet and gave him a dollar. He smiled with a look of relief and thanked me. While I was still waiting on my order I looked on the counter and there was a tip jar with cash and change in there. I then asked the cashier If they had previously been in the store to order the egg rolls. He stated that they had but didn’t have enough money. I asked him to ring the egg rolls up and I paid for them, he confirmed with the boys their previous order and rang it up. I looked over and told the young kids that I had paid for the egg rolls and he could save the money he had for another time. I got my order and left the store. The kids looked happy and thanked me as I left the store.
Let me pause for a second, am not sharing this story for kudos or for any kind of personal glory. All Glory and honor be to God through Jesus Christ. My prayer has always been for God to bless me to be a blessings to others. The moral of this story is, the cashier could have given a penny out of his pocket, the tip jar or simply asked his parents (or owner) of the store to allow the kids to purchase the egg rolls a penny short and it dawned on me that the kids were looking for a penny on the ground when I saw them outside. Is this what money has done to the society? Do we hold money in such high esteem? who are we really serving? Proverbs 10:22 NJKV says “The blessing of the lord makes one rich and he adds no sorrow with it.” People say more money more problems, I guess it is obvious who they serve. My definition of money is this; money is a tool that makes you the best version of you that God created or the worst version of you that this world has influenced. Choose God today, serve him through Jesus Christ and he will take care of all your needs. These are Julien’s thoughts and what’s on his mind.