To: Our Friends in Christ
From: The Kordatzkys who are humbly grateful
On Saturday, Chris and I discovered that we had received our property tax refund!
On Sunday as I was scrambling out the door trying to get to church, I was writing our tithe check when I suddenly thought about our tax refund.
I stopped writing the check, but I kept thinking about what to do with our tax refund.
I thought about it as I was tying shoes.
I thought about it as I was brushing teeth.
I thought about it as I was finding something to bring to the potluck.
The whole time I was thinking about it, I was trying to find a way to excuse the fact that I wasn’t going to give God the money He asked for.
Then, I walked over to the check book, quickly wrote down a dollar amount, and tore the check out. When I did the numbers, I realized that on top of our regular tithe I had given exactly 10% of what our refund had been. I didn’t even do it on purpose; I just wrote down the number that God had placed in my mind.
Tuesday rolled around and I went to get the mail. Inside was the weekly ad flier, our netflix movie (Castle–oh, yeah!), and a yellow envelope with our names scrawled across the front. I didn’t recognize the writing and it didn’t have a return address, so I was curious!
I ripped open the envelope and found a bright yellow and orange butterfly card that said, “Better, Brighter, Happier” on the front.
When I opened the card, there was a Target Gift Card, so I looked to see who signed the card.
Once again it was blank except for the card’s words saying, “those are the kind of days you’re wished.” But to tell you the truth, I didn’t even remember what those words said (I just looked at it now to inform you) because in an effort to figure out who it was from, I read the back of the giftcard .
This is what it said:
From: Friends in Christ
HUNDREDS of DOLLARS!!!!????!!!!
I almost dropped it in the road I was shaking so badly.
My first thought was a prayer, “Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Jesus!”
My second thought was, “Who is this from?”
My third thought was, “They don’t want us to know. So I’m giving all the thanks to you, Jesus!”
My fourth thought was, “No, really! I shouldn’t be trying to figure out who sent this.”
My fifth thought was, “Thank you, Jesus.”
I was just being obedient to Jesus. I was following what he had laid on my heart to do. Even though I didn’t want to do it, and my heart wasn’t into it. It wasn’t the ideal act of worship, but I followed His leading.
I don’t believe in the prosperity gospel. At. All.
I do believe that God will bless you beyond what you can imagine, but that doesn’t always mean financially. Health, Relationships, Influence, and Babies are all blessings.
So whoever these specific friends in Christ are, thank you! We are humbled by your love for us. We are humbled that we matter that much to you. We are humbled. And grateful.