Chloe and Cole keep raiding the coin jar — my coin jar.
I’ve never actually caught them going through it, but I notice fewer and fewer coins are in there every time I check it. In addition, they seem to have a surplus of coins lying around their rooms. You do the math.
I know why they keep getting the coins. They are using them to fill their own piggy banks. But in doing that, they’re taking all my change away from me!
Tonight I went over to put some more change into the dwindling coin jar. As a few pieces of silver fell in, I noticed some bills. Lots of them.
At first I thought Amy had made change for the vending machines at her school, giving me dollar bills in exchange for the change she took. When I pulled one of the bills out, however, I discovered it was play money. To be exact, it was Chloe and Cole’s play money. So I guess there’s my proof, after all.
The thing about the play money they were using to replace my coins is, while I’m sure they thought they were making an even trade, it actually has no value. My coins have value, though. So when Chloe and Cole take my coins (value) and replace them with play dollar bills (no value), I lose on the exchange.
It’s kind of like when we allow Satan to take something of value from us and replace it with something of no value.
Take, for instance, your integrity. Suppose Satan tempts you to do something that goes against what you know is right. You give in to the temptation, and when all is said and done, you’ve lost your integrity. Satan has replaced it, however, with something else: a bad reputation, a lack of trustworthiness in the eyes of your peers or an overwhelming sense of guilt. You entered into an exchange with Satan and are on the losing side.
Here’s a bit of advice: Don’t enter into any exchanges with Satan. He can’t be trusted. No matter what he promises, he will not fulfill.
As Jesus said about him, “he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).
Rather, enter into an exchange with Christ. Whenever you give him something such as your sins, your hatred or your pain, he gives you something far more valuable in return. He offers salvation and forgiveness, love and peace.
The Rev. Parrish Myers is a local minister living in Braselton. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.