“Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.” Ephesians 5:17
A few months into our marriage, Glen and I learned our first lesson in finances. We had just moved from San Diego to Bremerton, Washington, where we were lonely. Imagine how pleased we were one evening to entertain an encyclopedia salesman. With his sales pitch he wowed us into agreeing they were the most significant purchase we would ever make.
I watched Glen nod in approval to the salesman’s comments, and he watched me do the same. When it came to closing the deal, we signed on the dotted line. After the salesman left, Glen said to me, “I hope you like YOUR books.” I looked at him and said, “I hope you like YOUR books.” Neither one of us really wanted them, but we lacked the skills to talk to each other about making a significant purchase.
We moved those encyclopedias from Washington to Iowa, to Nebraska, Texas, Illinois, and finally sold them three decades later at a garage sale for pennies on the dollar. Did we gain knowledge from reading the books? Perhaps, but not as much as we did from the experience of making a purchase neither of us wanted.
Dear Lord, help us seek guidance for every aspect of our lives. Amen.