Holey Socks are Good for the Soul
By Hally Franz –
Crayons, colored pencils, erasers… Scissors, rulers, pencils… Backpacks, lunch boxes, and so on. Each year, I anxiously await the August school newsletter, which provides the year’s calendar and, more importantly, the school supply list. Since Missouri offers a tax-free weekend for school shopping, I eagerly listen for the announcement of that fabulously-fun weekend. Procuring the supply list and shopping on the tax-free weekend—it doesn’t get much better!
Not a shopper by nature, I shop primarily for two reasons: preparation for Christmas and formal events requiring something new to wear. Other than that, school shopping is the biggie of the year for the Franzes. It’s an event, involving adrenaline-charged supply searches, restorative lunches out, and nail-biting sizing challenges. In addition to the classroom supplies and requisite clothing, my custom has been to purchase new socks and underwear for both my children.
This year I broke tradition. Instead of robotically getting each supply item listed, we did something wacky. My daughter and I examined the list and began going through the numerous pencil boxes accumulated over the years. We explored desk drawers and pencil cups for supplies with lots of life left, soon finding perfectly good rulers, calculators, scissors, obviously, pencil boxes, and more that could be used. We greatly reduced our lists without suffering a bit.
While on a roll, I inventoried the kids’ socks and underwear needs, and found that those customary new whites weren’t really warranted this year. I recall how my sister and I sorted through my father’s clothes after his sudden passing in 2003. Dad’s drawers contained a fair number of socks, falling into one of two categories of condition. They were either well worn, nearly thread-bare with the occasional hole. Or, they had hardly been worn. In his closet, we found dozens of company-provided personalized work shirts still in packages, while he wore the same ten or so as long as possible. He was never cheap, but never wasteful.
Today’s economy requires that most of us be a bit more conscious of our spending. God approves when we wisely use the resources He generously provides. On those days when I’m not feeling as appreciative as I should be, perhaps God will lead me to a random pair of holey socks. And, perhaps a chilly and protruding little toe will remind me of my blessings and my responsibility to be a good steward.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for the abundant blessings You have given me. Remind me, when I fail to remember, to be appreciative of and conscientious in my use of those gifts.
“Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom the lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing” (Luke 12:41-43, KJV).
Today’s devotion is by Hally Franz. Hally is a former teacher and high school guidance counselor, turned homemaker. She enjoys volunteering at her childrens’ school, teaching Bible classes, leading 4-H projects, writing, reading, scrapbooking, and rousing (though, sometimes, not pretty) zumba classes.