Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Price Per Pound

Remember this December that love weighs more than gold. Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon.

In a brief senior moment after reading this quote I went looking on the internet for what gold weighs. Well, duh Karen a pound of gold weighs……..37 ounces! Not, it weighs a pound. Well that took a lot of brains to figure out. :) However, we don’t need a rocket scientist to help us figure out what Josephine is talking about.

Here in her quote she is comparing love to gold not because a pound of gold weighs more than a pound of feathers or a pound of love or butter or anything else. It’s the value of what is being weighed that is important. When we think of gold we think of something of great worth that increases in value. That can be cashed in on at any time.

During the gold rush period in our history people didn’t hesitate to pack up and move to wherever gold was being found. They would go to great lengths to get to the gold strikes in hopes of cashing in on the wealth.

December is a good time to remind ourselves that love weighs more than gold when it comes to its value or price per pound. The gifts we receive, the ones we give away no matter what their worth in comparison to gold can’t compare to the love behind them.

Gifts should be given in love and received in love the same way. I’ll always remember the lesson of Kaye. One Christmas Kaye’s husband decided to buy her the kind of chair she had always wanted. As the chair was delivered to her home the first reaction he got out of her was, “Doesn’t it come in any other color?” Needless to say the chair was returned to the store with no exchange. To him the gift he gave in love wasn’t received in love which brought the value of gift down to nothing.

The funny thing about the value of gold or love or anything else if it’s not respected it can deplete in value. The price per pound is what we make it out to be or put on it. This Christmas season we need to stop the hustle and bustle to give and receive the best that money can buy. We need to go for the best that love can give and cherish. Treasuring the handmade paper snowflake cut out via the hands of a little one. Or the crayon scribbled Christmas card that says, “grannma I lov u.” Taking the time to notice and treasure the true value in the presence of love ones or their memories instead of the presents under an artificial tree.

This year we need to make headline news as they announce that the price of love per pound, per hug, per smile, per act, per thought has gone up in value. Let us start our own gold rush as we go to where the true wealth is found in Christ and the love He has to offer. A precious gift delivered many years ago that will never go down in value as long as its received, respected, and cherished itself as something of great worth. Under the Christmas tree there is something for all of us, salvation. What price per pound that is worth is determined by us.

Copyright 2008 Karen J. Gillett @ Pencil Marks and Recipes Publishing

3 comments:

Denise said...

Such a beautiful post, be blessed.

Esthermay said...

Funny about the weight of gold & your senior moment. Duh!

Sad about the woman and the off-color chair. Hubby did proper thing in not exchanging it for white/rose/whatever..... Smart man!

You remind us that the motive for gift-giving is (should be) LOVE! And the spirit in which gifts are recieved should take this into account.
I am remided of I Corinthians 9:15 - HIS INDESCRIBABLE gift can never be outdone -- but our gifts should be in the same spirit.

Happy IOW Tuesday, Friend!
~ esthermay

Laurie Ann said...

Too funny - I have senior moments like that, too.

"Under the Christmas tree there is something for all of us, salvation."

Amen! His grace is the best gift of all. It weighs far more than any mountain yet makes you feel as light as a feather when you accept it for your own.