Father’s Day is on its way! Know how I know? The TV commercials.
Garden-hoses, car washing kits, flashlights, tool-sets … the amount of commercials selling these items seem like they have doubled the last couple of weeks.
This dad doesn’t want stuff. I’m tired of stuff. I don’t care if it’s on sale – if it’s not needed more money was still spent than what could have been saved.
A big company named after a big river that sells a bunch of stuff had a “glitch” with a recent up-date for one of their apps. The “glitch” caused an auto-pay function to be turned on which took ten-dollars and change out of our checking account. I noticed it and told my wife about it. She in turn called them and said “sorry” and told her they would credit her account. Credit?! That’s like a store employee walking up to someone, stealing their money out of their pocket, getting caught, and then saying sorry about doing it but instead of giving the money back they say there will be a ten-dollar credit waiting at the cash-register! This company, who just took “who knows how much money” from people, guaranteed themselves purchases for lots of their stuff.
Off of my rant and back to my main point.
Don’t fall in to the ring of buying stuff for the sake of some special day. If something useful can’t be found, write a genuine note inside a card (not all cards cost five-dollars either).
As my child grows older, my frame of reference for the way I feel about my daughter as a father won’t be based on what kind of stuff she has “bought” for me. My frame of reference will be based on the way she matures emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually.
I know Father’s Day is on the way and stuff is the last thing on my mind.
“And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”” (Luke 12:15)