Attempting to extract one last dollop of toothpaste reminded me of my Grandma today. How many have had a grandma in their life that washed out ziploc bags, reused aluminum foil, carefully unwrapped presents to save the wrapping paper, and by NO means threw out the toothpaste until it was totally EMPTY? All of these behaviors in frugality emerged from HARD times. Growing up during the Great Depression taught a generation the lessons of willful waste makes woeful want. How far we have come. I used to laugh at these embarrassing habits but to my shame. What gives me the right to take for granted what my forefathers lived without, or to flippantly dispose of recyclable items that will gradually fill the earth? The amount of trash produced daily in America averages three pounds per person. Holy landfill, Batman.
My grandma told me that she and her siblings were thrilled to get a stocking for Christmas that contained a treasured orange. These days we prepare overflowing stockings and gifts to fill a small room for a generation that has, what….maybe twenty times more material possessions than our grandparents did? That’s probably light isn’t it?
Matthew 6: 19-24 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[c] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,[d] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.