I have a large glass coin jar. It’s an old pickle jar I got from a grocery store when I was in college. It’s a foot-and-a-half tall, with a base that’s about seven inches in diameter.
When I was in seminary, I would empty my pockets each day and drop my loose change into the jar. I’ve never filled it all the way up, but one time I managed to collect enough coins they covered the entire bottom of the pickle jar about four or five inches thick. When I counted and rolled the coins, I had more than $350.00!
Since getting married and having children, however, I haven’t been able to accumulate even 2 inches’ worth of coins. Not even close. I don’t think during the past 16 years I’ve accumulated enough coins to cover the bottom of the jar.
When Amy was in college, she raided the jar for change to use in vending machines. When Chloe and Cole came along, they raided the jar to fill their own piggy banks.
When I discovered what they were doing, I considered getting a screen I could fit over the top of the jar with a little slot cut in the mesh. That way I could drop coins in the jar, but Chloe and Cole couldn’t get their little money-grubbing hands (literally) inside to pull the coins out.
I never did it though. I realized their thinking as it related to me was a lot like my thinking as it related to my heavenly father. In their minds, I had a never-ending supply of riches, riches they received from me because they were my children.
Our heavenly father has an endless supply of riches we do not take from him, but he gives freely to us because we are his children.
Unlike the coins in my coin jar, these riches are not material riches. They are spiritual riches such as peace, love, mercy and grace. Yet many people miss these riches because they don’t know what to look for.
My prayer for you is the same as Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe” (Ephesians 1:18-19a).
The Rev. Parrish Myers is a local minister living in Braselton. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.