“Quick! Grab The Candle!” (1 Chronicles 29:12)

“Happy birthday to youuuuuuuuu!”

I made a wish and blew out the candle.

“Quick! Grab the candle!” Before I could soak in the moment, my wife grabbed the candle and wiped off the frosting. It was ready for the next birthday celebration!

Yes, we recycle our birthday candles. Is this excessively cheap? Perhaps. I have an acquaintance who washes his used paper towels and hangs them up to dry so that he can reuse them. Is that excessive? Who decides when an action is frugal and thoughtful or simply ludicrous and excessively cheap? Clearly if the action endangers one’s health or the health of others, that should be a warning. Reusing paper towels is borderline acceptable. But there are many other examples that are worthy of our attention and effort. Conserving water, recycling garbage, and composting our organic waste are simple but efficient means of wisely using our resources. Yet there are many who make it their life’s mission to point out that we can all do more, and if we don’t, we should be publicly shamed on social media.

I am gratified that God does honor frugality and the wise use of our resources. He asks us to examine the motives for our actions. 

Riches and honor come from you, and you are the ruler of everything. Power and might are in your hand, and it is in your hand to make great and to give strength to all.

1 Chronicles 29:12 (CSB)

Everything belongs to God. Thus, the true motive for our actions should be clear. Everything we do should be to honor God and the wise use of our limited resources is no exception. This is my motivation, not to acquiesce to the shrill voices of a woke crowd, but to answer to the omnipotent voice of God.

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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