3.09.2014

The Pearl Necklace

Whenever I get onto Pinterest a little more often than normal, my husband always tells me I get very worldly. And I do. I all of the sudden "need" crafts, "need" trendier clothes and accessories, and "need" what everyone and their dog has. Now I'm not discrediting Pinterest, I love it, but this and many MANY other things make me very materialistic. I suppose if I had loads of money to just blow, it would be a different story. But as poor college students with a family, we REALLY don't have room for tons of splurging. Andrew doesn't get onto me for my materialistic tendencies because we're poor though. He does because he's subtly trying to remind me of what's really important in this life.


In the LDS religion, we believe that this Earth life is only a preparatory stage for the Eternities to come after this life. After Andrew and I went through the LDS Temple to be sealed for all time and eternity (not just till death do we part), our perspectives on what really matters in this life have completely changed. 

We came here to be tried and tested so we could learn the difference between sorrow and happiness. Not to see who could get the cutest throw pillows for their new couches. We came here to gain secular knowledge and emotional knowledge to start our journeys towards perfection. Not to see who has the most expensive Nike's at the gym. We came to learn of our Father in Heaven and how to truly love Him. Not to see who can get the biggest rock on their finger on their wedding day. 

It's so hard to do this though. SO hard. Eternal perspective is something that literally takes a life time to learn. I read this story years ago and every time Andrew reminds me of my materialistic tendencies, this story comes ringing back to me. I hope when you read it you think of things that are keeping you from being closer to Christ.


The cheerful girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them: a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box. 

"Oh please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please!"

Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl's upturned face.

"A dollar ninety-five. That's almost $2.00. If you really want them, I'll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them for yourself. Your birthday's only a week away and you might get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma."

As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out 17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she went to the neighbor and asked Mrs. McJames if she could pick dandelions for ten cents.

On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill and at last she had enough money to buy the necklace.

Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed up and grown up. She wore them everywhere--Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed. The only time she took them off was when she went swimming or had a bubble bath. Mother said if they got wet, they might turn her neck green.

Jenny had a very loving daddy and every night when she was ready for bed, he would stop whatever he was doing and come upstairs to read her a story. One night when he finished the story, he asked Jenny, "Do you love me?"

"Oh yes, Daddy. You know that I love you."

"Then give me your pearls."

"Oh, Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have Princess--the white horse from my collection. The one with the pink tail. Remember, Daddy? The one you gave me. She's my favorite."

"That's okay, Honey. Daddy loves you. Good night." And he brushed her cheek with a kiss.

About a week later, after the story time, Jenny's daddy asked again, "Do you love me?"

"Daddy, you know I love you."

"Then give me your pearls."

"Oh Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have my babydoll. The brand new one I got for my birthday. She is so beautiful and you can have the yellow blanket that matches her sleeper."

"That's okay. Sleep well. God bless you, little one. Daddy loves you." And as always, he brushed her cheek with a gentle kiss.

A few nights later when her daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed with her legs crossed Indian-style. 
As he came close, he noticed her chin was trembling and one silent tear rolled down her cheek.

"What is it, Jenny? What's the matter?"

Jenny didn't say anything but lifted her little hand up to her daddy. And when she opened it, there was her little pearl necklace. With a little quiver,she finally said, "Here, Daddy. It's for you."

With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny's kind daddy reached out with one hand to take the dime-store necklace, and with the other hand he reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case with a strand of genuine pearls and gave them to Jenny. 

He had them all the time. He was just waiting for her to give up the dime-store stuff so he could give her genuine treasure.

What are you hanging on to?


-Sarah

2 comments:

  1. HAS GOD'S GRACE BEEN OFFERED TO ALL MEN?

    According to Calvinists, God has only offered grace to a select few who were individually predetermined for salvation before man was created. Is this what the Scriptures proclaim? No, they do not.

    2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God..(NKJV)
    The words of John Calvin are not Scripture.
    The words of the apostle Paul are Scripture.(SEE: 2 Peter 3:15-16)

    The apostle Paul wrote the letter to Titus. Titus is Scripture. John Calvin did not pen one single verse of Scripture. Calvin's words were not Scripture. If John Calvin's writings were inspired by God, then they should be included in the Bible.

    THE BIBLE PROCLAIMS THAT GRACE IS OFFERED TO ALL MANKIND UNDER THE NEW COVENANT TERMS FOR PARDON.

    Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. (NKJV)

    Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. (New International Version)

    Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people. (English Standard Version)

    Titus 2:11 For the all saving grace of God has been revealed to all men; (Aramaic Bible in Plain English)

    Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation hath appeared to all men, (King James Bible)

    The free gift of salvation has been offered to all men who will accept God's terms for pardon.

    THE TERMS FOR PARDON.
    1. Faith: John 3:16
    2. Confession: Romans 10:9
    3. Repentance: Acts 3:19
    4. Water Baptism: Acts 2:38


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    1. These are things that we believe in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. If you would like to know more you can go to www.mormon.org

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