Sunday, June 12, 2011

What a Waste

I read an article this week that stated Americans waste anywhere from $2 Billion to $5 Billion each year in gift cards.  They get them, and then lose them or never use them.
My first reaction was to scoff at the foolish folks that miss out on getting "free" stuff.  "It's like throwing money away," I said aloud as I read the article.

But halfway though, I remembered the Macy's gift card I had sitting around since last year.  

And the Best Buy gift card I got for Christmas. 

I got up and nervously looked around for them - hoping to find both so I didn't become part of the dreaded statistic.   

Fear not, friends.  I found them.  

Along with cards for Sears, Barnes and Noble, and Kohl's.  

"Technically, I haven't wasted these yet, since they are still valid," I said, trying to convince myself I wasn't part of the group I had just looked down on.

Flash forward to this weekend's Pentecost Mass.  

Our priest echoed today's readings in his homily, reminding us of the gifts given to us by God, and strengthened by the Holy Spirit. 

"I guess I better start looking for those," I thought, "before I let those go to waste as well ...."

A Blessed Pentecost to all of you.  God Bless.


none said...

Illuminating comparison, Michael!
God bless you as well.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Graet post Michael. Thanx.

Speaking of "free stuff": did you collect your FREE E Book from my Blog? See entry dated 7 June.

God bless.

Unknown said...

I love how you connect the practical with the spiritual. Thanks and God bless!

Mary N. said...

You have the knack for connecting anything under the sun to God :) I enjoyed your comparison between the gift cards and the Holy Spirit's gifts. Like you, I don't want to waste them :)

As for Holy Water containers or fonts - you can find them at most Catholic stores as well as online. I use a simple plastic one but they have all kinds out there. God bless!

Daily Grace said...

Wonderful, wonderful!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Hi Michael,

Could you please contact me on my private e-mail

I'd like to discuss an idea about a new Catholic Blog; but would rather not do it here in open forum.

Thank you and God bless.

Michael said...

Thanks for your comments everyone! I always enjoy reading them.

God Bless you all.