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May 2, 2015

Hiding Your Money

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

I can remember as a boy hiding money.  From a tree I would pace off so many steps and dig a hole to bury the money.  It might be in an old can or even an old Mason jar.  Other times it would be hidden under the mattress or at the back of a drawer.

My mother had a special place.  But the family knew where!  We had a set of encyclopedias in the secretary.  She chose a certain book and she would hide money there.  Of course, at her passing, we all wanted to inherit the books!

Most people have been known to hide money at times. I am not talking about large sums, but just some of that money to save for a rainy day! Where do you hide yours?  Some people tape money to the back of a picture hanging on the wall.  Some tape money under a drawer.  Some hide money in places I have not even thought of.  And, of course, some have a safe and they attempt to disguise or hide the safe!

But I share a story . . . and it is a true story.  I will not reveal the person, the place, or even the year.  I withhold all that information to protect the guilty!

I was visiting a lady in our church.  During the visit she said that she should do more for the church in the matter of money.  I responded to her that I was sure of  faithfulness in giving.  I felt confident that she was a faithful tither and beyond in her giving.

She responded with repeating, “But I can do more and I should.”

Then she told me a story.  Years before, she and her husband had bought some property in another area of the state.  Several years after the death of her husband, she was approached  by a national realty company about the property.  They made an offer that she said was unbelievable.

She sold the property, and soon discovered that it became property on which was developed a national attraction and resort area.  She then understood why the offering price was so large.

She then told me that she did not put the money in the bank.  Over a period of time, she converted the money into cash and brought it home and hid it.  At that point I was really curious where the money was hidden.  She never told me the amount, but by now I realized that we were talking an amount beyond comprehension!

I then had to ask.  “Where have you hidden it?”

She pointed to the wall.  “It’s there.”

All I saw was the wall and beautiful floral wallpaper.  “Where,” I asked?

“Behind the wallpaper,” she responded.  “I put it there and then wallpapered it myself.”

You can imagine how I reacted.  I realized that this extremely large sum of money was all behind the wallpaper.  I tried to express my concern about it.  I suggested she should do something with it where it would be safe.  She responded by saying she did not trust banks, and she did not need to invest it since it was more money than she would ever need.

“Does anyone else know about this,” I asked?  I knew her daughter as she and her family were members of the church.

She indicated that no one else knew this . . . not even her daughter.  She was telling me only to indicate that she could do more for the church.  But I suddenly felt a responsibility. I tried to tell her the loss it would be if there was a fire, or if she should die and no one knew.  Her daughter would not be able to inherit it, etc.  And if the house sold and new owners decided to put up new wallpaper . . . just imagine the find!

She then responded, “I guess I should tell my daughter.”

My response was a firm yes, and that if she did not tell the daughter, I would.  I did not want such knowledge and responsibility to be mine alone.  She did not say she would tell the daughter, but only that she should.  I know she did not tell the daughter in the next several weeks or the daughter would have spoken with me.  Since she did not tell the daughter . . . I did!

I do not know the final disposition of this matter.  It was not any of my business from that point of telling the daughter.  Perhaps the money is still there!  But knowing the lady has died, I know that the daughter has probably made other arrangements for the ‘hiding’ of the money.

But before we judge or criticize this lady, perhaps many of us are hiding a treasure that should be available to God’s work.  It was true that this lady could have made a real contribution to the Kingdom of God with such resources that were simply hidden away.

God gifted you with treasures.  They are most often called talents and abilities.  Teaching, singing, encouraging, serving, and a host of other abilities that you have that can make a difference in the ministry of your church and in many lives.  Don’t hide your treasure . . . invest it . . . whether it is earthly treasures or personal gifts/abilities given you by God.

Jesus can say it much better than I. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust 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)

And if you are interested.  Read in your Bible, Matthew 25:14-30.  This is a story Jesus told to help us understand we are to use our abilities—not just to hide them.  If we don’t use what has been given us, we could lose them.  If not careful the treasures may not be there one day.



1 Comment »

  1. Great story!

    Comment by Patty Sprague — May 3, 2015 @ 9:46 am | Reply

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