We’ve all heard the expression “from rags to riches,” but what does that statement really mean? I think its meaning may hold something different for each individual.
This past weekend, my husband and I traveled to Tallahassee, Florida, to visit our youngest son, Keith. Keith has been experiencing the “rags” part of this phrase for some time now. He had to recently move from a shared house with other roommates to a new apartment with one other roommate. As life would have it, after moving out of the first house he was in, the soon-to-rent apartment was not ready to move in yet. No big deal –so he thought. “I can stay with friends for two nights. I’ll make this work.” About 10 days later, he finally moved into his apartment. After living out of his car, and staying at friends’ homes for a few nights, he was so happy to be in his own apartment.
When he first moved to go to college, the home he was renting was furnished. So there was no need for the household items or furniture that we had been storing in our home.
When we arrived, the house was empty except for the boxes and bags of clothes and miscellaneous things that he and his roommate owned. Within 24 hours, the empty apartment looked like a home.
Was it the Ritz-Carlton? No, but it was home. There was a feeling of warmth, peace and contentment.
This is what I think riches look like. It’s not the financial riches that you have that make you happy. It’s the simple things in life — a roof over your head, a bed, food in your pantry, clean clothes to wear and surrounded by people who love you!
The two most important things in my life are God and family. Having the love of both makes me rich!
I love I Corinthians 13:4-8 in the Bible, also known as the love chapter. Jesus showed us how to love; and the Bible reminds us of what that love looks like.
Love is a universal language! Everyone knows it. How much they show it is up to them.
While our son was basically homeless for those ten days, I am amazed at how many people helped him out — from the smallest thing to the biggest thing! Not all of them were Christians; yet, they saw a need and were moved with compassion. That’s love! We all know that the Bible says love never fails!
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails…”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV