Why don’t I ever learn??! Strawberries in the fridge do NOT last for a week. It does not matter if you are waiting for the perfect pancake breakfast to have them with; they do not wait, they mold. Yes, white fuzzy mold, and sour – horribly sour (rotten)! But they are a whole $1.98 too special to eat right away! Well… saving them for a special occasion doesn’t make them any sweeter! *sigh* Reminds me of my childhood when I would save my Christmas stocking candy canes for entirely too long. Like, 364 days – until next December long. Then I would realize that fresh ones really taste better! Hmmm… what is it with me and saving red food-stuffs??? 😉
God talks about it in the Bible too, with the parable of the talents. Burying a hole and keeping it was not a good thing to do with it. It needed to be used, invested and bringing in a greater return! Or like the rich man who had so much stuff he needed to build bigger barns – just to store more stuff! He was stingy and wasn’t giving any of it away or using it for good purposes himself. God fixed that. The rich man died and all his belongings were given to be enjoyed by the poor!
I’m not really sure what lesson I’m supposed to learn from this, because I know that for some things it is good to save (like money for emergency fund, car, college, house, etc.). Taken to some extent and with a grain of salt, of course, what God has given us here on this earth we need to ENJOY and invest it for the Kingdom because it won’t last forever!
I listened to this great sermon today… What talents have I been gifted with that are sitting around and not being used? I missed having really yummy strawberries! What’s worse yet is that I feel so bad for wasting almost $2 on food gone bad… How can I live to make sure I don’t waste my LIFE? Jesus says that he who tries to save his life will lose it (goes for strawberries and candy canes too) but those who give up their lives and follow Him will not be ashamed of how they have ‘spent’ their life when Jesus comes back again! [Matt. 16:24-28, Mk 8:34-38, Luke 9:23-27]
Behold, the lesson of the strawberries… DON’T WASTE YOUR LIFE!