UPI is reporting that a Boca Raton, FL couple is paying $155,000.00 to clone their yellow labrador retriever. Yes, you read that right… 155 THOUSAND dollars to clone their pet… a dog.
Now I am an animal lover… we have a Teacup Yorkie named Ellie that everyone in the family loves. If she gets sick, I’ll take her to the Vet… but I’m not going to spend an exorbitant amount of money on her… even if I have money that is free to use for anything I want!
I don’t want to make any kind of judgments or suggestions about the people who are doing this that may be out of line… after all… it is THEIR money to do with what they want. However…
How many people could $155k feed in Africa?
How many people could $155k clothe in an inner city?
How many missionaries would rejoice at a gift of $155k to put into reaching unreached people groups?
How many people could get a Bible in a third world country for $155k?
A church could save a lot of interest by applying $155k to their debt.
Imagine 155 seminary couples getting a $10k anonymous gift to help with their expenses as they prepare to serve God’s people. They might go charismatic over such an event…
And on and on and on about the possibilities. BUT THEN…
Then I wondered… how much money do I throw away that could be put to good use for the Kingdom. It may not be anywhere near $155k… but the amount isn’t important in Jesus’ eyes as the Widow proved.
It may not be cloning a dog for us… but I guarantee that every believer could be a much better steward of what we’ve been entrusted to build the Kingdom! Then think about this, what is a small/paltry amount of money to us is a week’s or month’s wages to people in other places! Hmmm…
Maybe this piece of weird news is just the thing to get us to think more seriously about how we spend our money. Just a thought…
A Teacup Yorkie??????
Yes Dr. John… a Teacup Yorkie that my wife bought for “the kids.” The name “Ellie” is after the Ellie on Andy Griffith who was the “Lady Druggist.” Why do you have to be so critical?????
Ron, how would you respond to the question,”It’s there money, why can’t they spend it any way they want to?”
Ryan… Actually that was addressed in the post and I did state that it is their money to spend however they want. The point of the post was as the last part suggested… what some may view as people wasting their money is no different than me doing something with my own money that others may see as wasteful and could have been put to better use.
So I guess the question you posed was actually already addressed in the post before you asked it since the application was geared to my own examination of financial responsibility rather than simply making a judgment about the person. How the couple spent their $155k was just a “hook” for the reader.