On our street the neighborhood children have been buying and selling things. It started as an idea for raising money for a charity project at one of the schools, and it has evolved into a new diversion.
It’s been interesting to see the things children value, but it’s also been interesting to see the approaches to selling and bartering. Last night at the dinner table our children related that there was something very precious that one of the children was selling– very rare and worth a lot of money. It cost fifty cents. When we asked what it was, they said it was an award pin that the neighbor child had won because of some academic achievement at school.
If it’s so precious, why does he want to sell it? They weren’t sure. Finally David said slowly, “Maybe he doesn’t really think it is valuable.” We talked about how sometimes people don’t understand the value of something (like an award pin, which has significance to the person that earned it, but not usually intrinsic value)
They were surprised that the Bible talks about selling and trading, about taking advantage of poor people, about deception as a buyer and seller. It has been a good ongoing conversation about value and love.
How do my thoughts and actions reveal what is important to me?Truth be told, many of my thoughts and actions revolve around my self and my own comfort. Praying that my priorities would reflect God’s priorities.