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Aug 15

Life….A Dollar $ign?

How many of us get forwards in our email? How many of us hit the delete button and not even look at them? I must admit, I delete almost every forward sent my way. I barely have time to reply to real emails, much less reading dozens of forwards.

My mom sends a few forwards a week, and while I might not open them immediately, I always make time to open them.

The one that struck me this week was about a famous man who had passed away and his belongings were being sold.

As I was reading through the list of his possessions, I noticed one common symbol ~ line after line, after line.

$

$

$

$

I honestly can’t remember the “point” of the email, the dollar $igns set my mind thinking.

Is that really what people believe life is about? $? Is our focus entirely on the $ we have or even how much $ we leave behind when we die?

My heart was saddened at these thoughts.

Many different sayings began running through my head….

“There’ll be two dates on your tombstone and all your friends will read them. But all that is going to matter is that little dash between them.”

Author: Kevin Welch

“Good moms have sticky floors, messy kitchens, laundry piles, dirty ovens, and happy kids”

Author: Unknown

Looking around our world today, I see less focus on the dash, the time taken and more on the money earned and things purchased.

What is it that makes us think $ or things is what will make us or our families happy? The $ and the things won’t follow us to eternity and they won’t bring our families true happiness when we’re gone.

Special moments, every moment of every day, provide the opportunity to make our life matter, and the lives we touch changed!

We weren’t put on this earth to live by and for the dollar $ign. We are here to share Jesus Christ to the world around us! To show His love to everyone we have the privilege to meet!

 

Think with me for a moment…..

 

When did $ last bring you true joy?

 

How did you feel the last time you shared Christ and His love with someone?

 

The dash is what matters. Not where you begin your life, or even where you end life on earth. It’s what you do in between. <—-Tweet

It’s not a $ you’ll see on the tombstone. It’s a dash. A blank. Only those you’ve known and touched know what it means. <—–Tweet

 

 

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  1. Just Me

    I love the quote about the dash. But I hate the good moms have dirty homes quote. I wrote a whole post about it since you are basically saying that a good homemaker=a bad mom. One has nothing to do with the other.
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    1. simplyhelpinghim

      The good moms quote I believe can be taken too literally. I look at it as, there are times when we need to overlook things in the home and spend time with our kiddos. Sometimes a clean house can become our focal point and we miss the time our kiddos need with us. I do believe a clean house is needed and having a messy home doesn’t speak well of us or our husbands, we just need to ensure our kiddos have the time with us that they need. :) Blessings!

  2. nicholl

    This is so true.

    Have a lovely day! Stop by nichollvincent.blogspot.com and say hello! :)

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      :) Thanks for stoppin by! I’ll swing by your corner too! :)

  3. Kelly

    This is great! I too am about more than just the money. I appreciate that you shared with us today. Thanks for linking up!
    Kelly recently posted..Delicacy of Strength {Into the Word Wednesday}My Profile

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      We must be more than the $ sign….Thank you for stoppin by! Blessings!

  4. Falen

    This couldn’t be more true!! Great post!! The question: “when is the last time $ brought you joy?” is an awesome question!! Cause it doesn’t in the grand scheme of things. When I die, I don’t want people to remember what I had or what I bought, but rather what I brought into their life, how I touched their life, and how Christ shone through me.
    Falen recently posted..Into the Word WednesdayMy Profile

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Yes, Christ shining through our lives is what we should focus on others seeing. He is the reason we live! Blessings!

  5. Shell

    Think that was a song, too. :)

    It definitely doesn’t come down to $ but I have to admit- life is easier when we have more of it and harder when we have less.
    Shell recently posted..Pour Your Heart Out: Not Ready for Summer’s EndMy Profile

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      I don’t know the song :/ Money is a necessity, but it is the love of $ that we must avoid. Blessings!

  6. Where is the ME in Mommy?

    I’ve def seen this forward and it is touching. Thanks for re-reminding me.
    Where is the ME in Mommy? recently posted..What I Think About: Surviving KindergartenMy Profile

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      :) Thanks for stoppin by! Blessings!

  7. Joy

    I wish all what I shared about God will be remembered and God’s goodness to me:) Linking for the first time.
    Joy recently posted..In everything!My Profile

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Yes, may God be remembered from our daily lives! Blessings! :)

  8. Kathleen

    Your wonderful post reminded me of the rich man who wanted all his gold buried with him and when he got to the Heavenly Gates, St. Peter asked him why he brought pavement! Have a blessed day!
    Kathleen recently posted..Purity: Role Reversal Isn’t Normal, part 4My Profile

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      I had never heard that story! Thank you for sharing! Blessings! :)

  9. Kelly

    Girl, you hit the nail on the head here. It’s all about showing love. I finally realized what matters. What REALLY matters!
    Kelly recently posted..In the Word Wednesday – An Esther Wrap UpMy Profile

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      So very true. Love. God is Love. Blessings!

  10. Joy @ Joy In This Journey

    I think it’s so fascinating that your post and the one I read right before yours focus on remembering our mortality and what’s truly important. I missed the memo somehow. :)
    Joy @ Joy In This Journey recently posted..Like a Second Honeymoon without the Learning Curve ~ Life:UnmaskedMy Profile

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      That is definitely a God thing ;) Blessings!

  11. Susan Stilwell

    Love the dash tweets! It’s sad that we can get so sidetracked with the trivial and miss the important stuff. Thanks for sharing today!
    Linking up from Scribing The Journey
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    1. simplyhelpinghim

      :) Thanks for tweeting :) Life throws so much at us, that we are often spinning. We must choose to slow things down. Thanks for stoppin by! Blessings!

  12. Denise

    Ilike this post.
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    1. simplyhelpinghim

      TY :) Blessings!

  13. happy momma

    This is what has been on my mind lately. We are so marketed to and ovewhelmed with so many things. I have taken a stand against it. I am writing about living a slow life in this world of ours. It is important for me and my family. We cannot live a fully happy christian life until we stop living and playing in “the world”. There are so many voices calling out to us. whom ever yells the loudest in our ear is who we tend to hear,until we quiet it all and hear “The voice of truth”

    I am teaching my children to hear the voice of god amidst all the other voices out there. The $ has little effect on me lately because I do not let ruleme. God he is in my world for sure.

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Yes, we must slow down for in the fast lane we miss many opportunities God brings our way. Thanks for stoppin by! Blessings!

  14. Becky

    Thank you for linking up with us today!

    I really like the perspective, it makes us ponder how we spend our days…
    Becky recently posted..Fear NotMy Profile

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      You’re welcome! Our days, yes we must ponder our days…..Blessings!

  15. Kathy Penney @ Pinner Takes All

    Great post and so true! If you think life is about the dollar sign check your priorities. And I also love the dash- heard it at a leadership conference and it stuck with me ever since. Another of my favorites is Don’t wait for a special occasion to use your good china. I think it’s by Erma Bombeck. Point being enjoy life now and don’t wait for some special occasion.
    Kathy Penney @ Pinner Takes All recently posted..Hodge Podge Tuesday 08.14.12: DIY Calendar & A Pinterest PartyMy Profile

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      That is a new saying to me, I like it! Thanks for sharing! Blessings!

  16. Sarah Van Beveren

    So true. And I have definitely noticed a correlation between the amount of fun my kids are having, and how messy our house is! Thanks for sharing.
    Sarah Van Beveren recently posted..Going HomeMy Profile

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Yes, I too have noticed that. Though, I don’t like the house messy so it doesn’t happen very much! LOL! Blessings!

  17. roseann elliott

    I want to live my dash to the fullest in Christ…great reminder…blessings~
    roseann elliott recently posted..Relationships in Light of the CrossMy Profile

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Amen! That should be each Christian’s goal in life! Blessings!

  18. Wayne

    Stuff is just that, stuff. People and love are what is important.
    Wayne recently posted..Pour Your Heart Out WednesdayMy Profile

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Yes…..stuff gets you no where….

  19. Mary Beth

    I love that quote about the dash. It really is the in between that leaves the legacy.

    Thanks for linking up!
    Mary Beth recently posted..Updates on My Progress and the WIP Wednesday Link-UpMy Profile

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Yes, I love the quote as well! It is one of my favorites. What is found between reveals who you really are. Blessings friend!

  20. Nikki @ Simplystriving

    Great post! Thanks for giving me something to ponder today — the dash….
    I used to get hung up on having to share the Romans Road or something similar to share Christ. The closer I get to Him the more I realize we can show His love in a simple smile to a stranger…in our every day lives.
    Nikki @ Simplystriving recently posted..A Blogger’s PrayerMy Profile

    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Yes! I agree, sharing Christ in a specific way used to terrify me! I am so thankful to know that in my life, I can share His love and word by my actions and I don’t have to follow a script to share His word! Blessings! :)

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