Penney what?

“Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough.” 1 Timothy 6:7-8

When my kids were little and their feet grew faster than the rest of their bodies, I used to say, “I consider myself rich when my kids need new shoes and I don’t have to charge them.”

I think of all the shoes my teenage granddaughter had when she was a kid, not the typical collection of gym shoes, play shoes, and dress shoes. She could have opened a kid’s shoe boutique. Someone was the benefactor of¬† lightly worn shoes.

I had a large foot size before I reached my teens. When I needed a new pair of shoes, it was a painful experience. I’d cry, “I don’t want grandma shoes” because there were no cute shoes for kids in my shoe size. I never became a shoe fanatic, but do buy any size 12 on the rack when I stumble across them while shopping–surely some day I will need them.

We are a spoiled society for fashion and having to have the dress, shoes, and jewelry¬† to match. Just the other day I put a pair of dyed blue shoes into the Salvation Army box that I wore once at my son’s wedding nearly twenty years ago. I could have bought sensible shoes that I could wear with other dresses and made it worth what I spent for them. No one noticed my feet anyway.

Lord, help use our pennies wisely. Amen.


About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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