I usually do not pray to God and ask for help concerning trivial things or inconveniences I face, though I am well aware that God encourages us to bring all our anxieties to Him.
That is because I often share that we should not come to a relationship with our Lord for all the wrong reasons. And our spirituality should not be reduced to just finding a parking lot.
3 weeks ago, I misplaced my sunglasses in a hawker centre after coffee fellowship with a brother. I went back the next day to find out whether the stall-holders and the cleaners would have noticed it and kept it for safekeeping. The cleaning supervisor said she saw it but did not keep it.
Feeling vexed in my spirit, I prayed quietly for God’s help in recovering this pair of sunglasses. For it took me much pain to find this suitable pair of sunglasses that finally fit my slightly large head and this particular design is no longer in production.
I made an online police report for the misappropriation of property. And surprisingly, the case was assigned an investigating officer (IO) the following week and he took the trouble to bring the report to my office for my signature.
Hallelujah ! Bless the Lord ! It took the IO just one week to find my sunglasses. Too grateful to him to return it to my office, I went down to his office instead. It was excellent police work. The police had gone out of the way above reasonable community service just to help me to find a pair of sunglasses.
All thanks and glory to our Lord Jesus !
The idiom refers to an attitude that is very careful and mean with small amount of money but very extravagant or wasteful with large sums.
You will think that one, who is careful and mean with small amount of money, is acting so because of his or her obsession in hoarding his or her money. So it will not make sense for him or her to waste on large sums.
Yet it is a common fact because many are predictably irrational as I have shown in previous articles.
Here are some examples :
- Driving to a fairly remote petrol station to top up the gas because it is the cheapest. Perhaps saving one or two dollars on the petrol but consuming 2 liters of petrol driving to and fro the station which cost 4 to 5 dollars.
- Always worry about spending money on petrol and yet own and hardly drive an expensive high capacity car which will depreciate to little in 10 years and will guzzle a lot of more petrol than a lower capacity car for the same mileage.
- Buying a lot of stuff in bulk with near expiry date. Trying to save 20% of the purchases but end up throwing away the excess when expired.
- Holidays are usually not planned earlier so as to enjoy very good discounted airfare prices. The savings are so substantial that it can mean enjoying a bit more on better class hotels and eating in better restaurants.
Sometimes it hurt relationship as such a “penny wise pound foolish” person may sting on paying for drinks with friends or relatives in a local coffee shop, but has no qualm in paying high monthly mortgage interest running in the thousands of dollars.
Believers are not to live such a miserable existence as miserly persons. Otherwise the miserliness reveals the condition and preoccupation of their heart in worshipping money rather than God.
I have seen many believers shooing away the poor elderly or invalids selling tissue paper in the train stations or local coffee shops but have no problem in paying for exorbitant car parking charges for the sake of a little convenience. They may be unwittingly shooing away a brother or sister in Christ. One day, when the Lord separate the sheep and the goats during the judgment of the sheep and goats, will we be flashed such scene of shooing away the least of the brothers ? Matt 25:31-46.
Is it not wise to save on the pounds so that we can give the pennies to the poor, instead of being foolish to save the pennies and waste the pounds away ?
I have this joy of saving the pounds and giving to the least of the brothers and the poor and needy as well. Is not the kingdom of God about peace and joy in the Holy Spirit ? Rom 14:17.