2014-09-16 - Missing Toy Robots
Leviticus 23:9-10 (HCSB) The Lord spoke to Moses: 10 "Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When you enter the land I am giving you and reap its harvest, you are to bring the first sheaf of your harvest to the priest...."
Our church recently participated in a collection September bookbags for disadvantaged children, many of whom are homeless. We chose both utilitarian items, as well as "luxuries" such as small toys. One of the items that my husband and I bought was supposed to contain a tiny robot. But as I was packing the bookbag, we realized that the box had been taped, which made us suspicious that it had been opened and returned, or opened in the store. Upon checking, we found that the tiny robot was missing; apparently someone had stolen the robot, and left the rest of the items in the box. I am so thankful that I noticed this before we placed it in the bag. The last thing one of those children needs, is more disappointment. What a letdown that would be. Everything needs to be in tip-top condition, and brand-new. It's the least that we can do for these kids.
This experience brought to mind, my observation that too many times, what people give to charities, ostensibly for others to use, are actually worn-out items - and sometimes even broken ones. Too often, people use collections/drives to simply get rid of something they can no longer use, something that actually should be thrown away. They treat the already-suffering recipients, as if they don't deserve to have the same kinds of "nice things" as the rest of us. A good rule of thumb is: If it's too old, used, broken, shabby for you to use, don't give it to someone else!" This seems like common sense and kindness to me, but apparently, some people just don't get that message!
Don't we sometimes treat God the same way? Instead of giving God the best of our time, talents or money, do we sometimes give Him whatever is left over? It has been said that a checkbook register shows the inside of a person's heart. I would add to that, our iCals© or credit card statements (for those of us who use them, pay them off monthly and accrue points that help us to be better stewards). God deserves our first and our best. This principle was set forth in the Old Testament, and it holds true for us in 2014, as well.
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the NASB unless otherwise noted.