If Giggles Were Dollars

“Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.

Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred” (Proverbs 15:16–17).

The other day I was watching a house-hunting show on TV, and my 7-year-old son commented over my shoulder, “This show makes me greedy for a big house. I don’t really like it.” I was astounded by his wisdom! So many families have been hit by economic difficulties—lost jobs, houses, dreams—and in times like this, our hearts are tested. Our priorities are tested. What matters most to us? What does it mean to be rich? What makes us FEEL rich? We may not have granite countertops or stainless steel appliances . . . but as long as our home (however humble) is filled with love—for God and for family—then we are the wealthiest of people! Let’s teach our kids what true wealth looks like, and what’s worth investing in. Let’s teach them that love means more than money. Let’s exude contentment and gratitude and generosity, no matter how tight our budget. And then let’s celebrate the countless rich moments God showers on us every day—sunbeam smiles, sticky-fingered hugs, tickle fights—all free, and yet worth so much you couldn’t possibly put a price tag on them. If giggles were dollars, I’d be a billionaire—and I bet you would too. Giggles can’t buy houses, but they can build homes. Happy ones. The kind of homes we’re all hunting for.

Isn’t it great to be rich?