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Friday, July 16, 2010

Keep the change

"The total," said the cashier, "Is $19.97.

I look in my wallet, all I have is a $20.

"Keep the change." I say.

As I walk away feeling somewhat charitable.

I like money. I always have. It was the first thing I felt like I really understood how to do in the roller coaster ride of elementary school.

Especially when it came to counting change.
Quarters, dimes, nickles, it didn't matter.

Dad step out of the way, I don't need help with this math!

We all love change. That shiny, noisy, college kids scrape for it in the couch cushins...


I was recently thinking about how I grew up. How I've learned, how I've improved,

And how I've changed.

I love the anonymous quote, "People are in favor of progress, it's the change they don't like."

I agree with that. We can count change all day long but being older now and seeing how "grown-ups" are, I've realized how true that quote is.

We don't like change.

We don't like getting into a relationship, applying for a new job, making new friends, moving new places, why?

The change scares us.

The reality is, that's why we're here. We're here to learn. If you Google the rules of being mortal it's rule number....7 or something.

We're here to learn how to change.

I just hope when all is said and done, and God looks at me and says,

"Did you keep the change that I offered you?"

I can look Him straight in the eye and say,



  1. What a good analogy! I love it! I too freak out when changes come because I've learned to love the present so much. But it helps me to have more faith in my Heavenly Father. I love this quote:

    "We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity, when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity - in freedom, in the sense the dancers are free, barely touching, as they pass, but partners in the same pattern."
    -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

  2. There is a song about this. I will find it for you and play it one day.

  3. Yeah... I googled it. There's no 7... or something. But I am quite intrigued by your post and thoughts. I tried calling you tonight. To get advice because I'm excited and yet terrified of change. And I'm pretty sure that's a huge part of why we are here on this beautiful earth and have so many choices to make.