CLASSIFIED ERRORS, from a small-town daily: (Monday) FOR SALE - R. D. Jones has one sewing machine for sale. Phone 555-0707 after 7 p.m. and ask for Mrs. Kelly who lives with him cheap.
(Tuesday) NOTICE - We regret having erred in R. D. Jones’ ad yesterday. It should have read: One sewing machine for sale. Cheap: 555-0707 and ask for Mrs. Kelly who lives with him after 7 p.m.
(Wednesday) NOTICE - R. D. Jones has informed us that he has received several annoying telephone calls because of the error we made in his classified ad yesterday. His ad stands corrected as follows: FOR SALE - R. D. Jones has one sewing machine for sale. Cheap. Phone 555-0707 and ask Mrs. Kelly who loves with him.
(Thursday) NOTICE - I, R. D. Jones, have NO sewing machine for sale. I SMASHED IT. Don't call 555-0707, as the telephone has been disconnected. I have NOT been carrying on with Mrs. Kelly. Until yesterday she was my housekeeper, but she quit."
An elementary teacher asked her students to define the word ‘frugal’. After many a puzzled stare, the teacher gave them a hint by saying, “To be frugal means to save.” Now, define the word ‘frugal’ by putting it into story. Mary Jane immediately raised her hand. “Once upon a time there was a valiant prince who happened to be riding on his white horse. In the distance, he heard a damsel in distress. The damsel was locked inside a castle. She repeatedly cried, “Frugal me, Frugal me!”
Again, that’s not quite right, but it’s the thought that counts, right? We can easily become confused, can’t we? Without even meaning to, we can confuse laziness with serenity, meekness with weakness or contentment with being melancholy. How about confusing a frugal person with one who’s cheap? And, if we use the word ‘cheap’ could we not be defining a concept of how something was built? There’s a definite difference between ‘cheap’ and frugal. God calls us to be frugal. Everything we have comes from Him. He has blessed us in innumerable ways. Live your life in such a way as to be a blessing to those around you. Live in such a way as to honor God even with your finances!
Have blessed day and remember the One who gave it you!
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.