Monday, January 25, 2010
Stop Spending Time
Mr. Roy is off on a business trip – so that means it is stop spending time. I like to see how little money I can spend when I am home alone. It isn’t really fair or possible to do this experiment when Mr. Roy is home; he isn’t an extravagant spender and I don’t want to be a scrooge. But when I am alone – it’s time for the fun to begin! I’ll be eating out of the supplies on hand and only making emergency food purchases – right now that means milk. I also need dishwasher detergent so I guess that means I’ll be washing dishes by hand for the next two weeks. Because of our schedule at work, I’ll probably be having to buy some lunches out instead of brown-bagging it but I can’t really change that.
God has blessed me with enough in the bank to buy groceries if I want them but I enjoy testing myself. I also know there are a lot of people out there living on a lot less than me who don't have the luxury of pulling out the debit card if push comes to shove. It's good for me to remind myself of that - and here's the clincher - I've never, never gone hungry or ended up with an empty pantry in all the years I've been doing this. That means I have way more to be thankful for than a lot of folks.
Years ago I read a Jeanette Oke book about a young girl who goes to rural Canada to be a missionary/teacher. The community supports her mostly by giving her eggs - one thing farm women usually have plenty of. The problem is that everyone gives her eggs and nothing else, not even a little money, but she doesn't want to complain and appear ungrateful so the people don't realize what they are doing. She eats the eggs in every imaginable way until she just wants to cry rather than eat another egg. Finally, the people realize what has happened and get a little more organized about sharing their bounty with her. When I go into stop-spending mode, I always think of that girl eating eggs and not having enough money even to buy a little flour or oil to make them more palatable. Mostly I remember that she tried her best to be thankful for the eggs even when she hated them because they were a blessing to her. I want to be like that.
So, stop spending time, here I come!