Sunday, May 8, 2011

Childhood Shopping Trips and Treasures by Tami Gilman

I fondly remember the most exciting shopping excursions as a child were with my Mom and sister at back-to-school time. The only time we ever got anything new was for school and Christmas.

Before credit cards if you didn't have the money to pay for your selections, you had the option of lay-a-way.
You would fill your cart with what you wanted and take it to the counter at the back of the store. The clerk would ring up the items, tag them with your information and lock them in a special room for safekeeping. You would then come in as often as you wanted to make a payment on the total, but it wasn't until you paid in full, the merchandise was yours.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21

At the time, finally having the long anticipated new clothes in my possession seemed to be as good as it was going to get them. The reality was, the clothes would wear out or I would grow out of them and give them away. I don't even recall what any of my precious threads looked like and they are most certainly out of circulation by now.

As Believers our hope is not in what we have, what we wear or even how we look. Our treasure is the anticipation of eternity with our Creator. As exciting as it is to get something you desire, the greatest gift to all who receive it, Jesus paid for in full.

Tami lives in Kannapolis, NC with her husband and 2 dogs. They enjoy the outdoors, good food and good friends.

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