- SHOW ME THE MONEY!
Last week I went on a field trip with my son, Harrison, to the Bureau of Printing and Engraving. This heavily secured building, in Washington DC, is where they print most of the country’s paper money. Once the money has completed the 10 day printing and drying process it is then circulated to one of the nations twelve federal reserve banks and then on to you and me. Well….? Maybe to you. Me?…not so much.
To be honest, I was more than a little skeptical about chaperoning 30+ 1st graders. I was certain that a bunch of high energy seven year olds, who are used to Sponge Bob and Nintendo Wii, would be bored stiff by a glorified printing press and stage a military style coup by snack time. Yet, most of the little munchkins were completely spellbound by the process of making all that money. It was a little surreal watching the money-workers finish a batch of $100 bills by loading them onto pallets valued at $64 Million dollars each. I would have taken a picture for you but 5 years in federal prison seemed to be a heavy price for a cool blog photo.
- HOW TALL ARE YOU WORTH?
My favorite part of the trip was a display that they had hanging on a wall in the gift shop. This large poster explained how much money you would have if you owned a stack of $100 bills that was as tall as you. At 6’8″ tall I am the same size a $1,860,000 stack of $100 dollar bills. So, can you guess what my answer will be the next time some stranger asks me how tall I am?
The poster reminded me of an article I read in 2004 that explains why the taller you are the more money you make each year. As a matter of fact, the study claims that for every inch taller you are than the worker next to you (same gender, weight, age and job) you make around $789 more per inch, per year! (Sorry Tom)
Every day our culture tries to sell us on the critical importance of our outward appearance. God, however, has a different standard.
- A DIFFERENT STANDARD
In the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel God tells Samuel to go Jesse’s house where God will choose one of Jesse’s sons to become the next King of Israel. When Samuel shows up at Jesse’s house the first son he comes across is Eliab, the biggest, tallest and best looking of Jesse’s sons. Samuel says to himself, “…Surely this guy is God’s chosen one.” Well, just take a look at what God says to Samuel.
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
- A REMINDER
Be reminded today that God is after your heart, your soul, and the part of you that will go on long after this temporary carbon vessel is turned back into dust. Don’t buy into the cultural lie that our main focus should be on the outward appearance. When our main focus remains on the outward appearance (of self and others) we usually neglect to nurture the part of us that God is most concerned about. Yes, nurture!
- JUST FOR FUN
If a money truck stopped at your house and delivered to you (legally) a $64,000,000 pallet of $100 dollar bills, what would you do with the money. The best response to this question will win a $25.00 bag of shredded money from the Bureau of Printing and Engraving.
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