I remember the days when we lived check-to-check, barely able to afford the basics, let alone any nice-to-haves. We had all the important things; healthy kids, a nice place to live, strong family bonds nearby.  But, as many  young couples experience, there was no “extra” money.

Today, I am thankful for the days gone by and for reminders of struggles that once were.

Low fundsAfter a recent gathering, I found this deposit slip crumpled up on the floor. If you look carefully, there is a $33.87 balance in this person’s checking account.

I wonder when this person’s next deposit will be made.  Is he employed?  Does he have a family?  Does he have any savings?

What is her next expense?  Gas for the car?  Rent?  Food?  What if she needs medical care?  This amount of money won’t go very far.

Plato once said, “Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Those battles come in many forms; financial hardship is certainly one.  If you’ve been fortunate enough to move beyond check-to-check, consider lending a hand up to those who are still struggling.  They will be thankful, too.


What are you thankful for?

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