Locket Greedy

grandma-5When I was a senior in high school, my grandmother died. I loved her very much, and I was devastated. What made it even worse was that I’d begged God to let her live. I didn’t see why God had to take her away. I thought it was mean.

Later, after the funeral, the extended family went to Grandma’s house to dispose of her belongings. Several of us were in Grandma’s bedroom sorting through clothes when one of my relatives spotted a locket on the dresser. I spotted another one. We asked the rest of the family if we could have the lockets as keepsakes. They agreed.

locket-1My locket wasn’t very large, and it definitely wasn’t expensive. But I thought it was lovely. I planned on putting a picture of Grandma in it. I was going to wear it constantly to remind me of her love and kindness. I was drowning in nostalgic memories when one of my young cousins came into the room. I loved my cousin very much. She was kind, tenderhearted, and gentle. She was beautiful inside and out.

My cousin saw the lockets, timidly put her hand on my arm, and asked, “Can I have a locket too?”

grandma-7My heart plummeted. I knew there wasn’t another locket. Holding my locket tightly in my fist, I went through the motions of looking for another one. I was seventeen, and I’d been trying to grow closer to the Lord. I knew that it was my responsibility to listen for God’s voice. At that moment, I heard the Lord speak clearly. His quiet, gentle voice wasn’t audible, but it resonated deep inside my spirit. God simply said, “Give her your locket.”

My thoughts raged and whirled. My grandma was dead. God could have saved her. God let her die. Now, God wanted to take my locket too. I wanted to wear that locket in Grandma’s honor. I didn’t want to give it away.

Deep inside my spirit, God’s voice repeated, “Give her your locket. Give it to her. Give it to her. Give it to her.”

Anger and pain wrapped around my heart. I couldn’t believe what God was asking. It wasn’t fair!

Give it to her. Give it to her. Give it to her.”

grandma-3Turning to my sweet, kind cousin, I said flatly. “I’m afraid there isn’t a locket for you.”

My cousin’s eyes filled with pain as she nodded and turned away. She didn’t whine or complain. She simply accepted my statement. I felt a wave of remorse. I knew she was hurting just as much as I was. She deserved the locket—she was such a nice person, and she was younger than I was. My grandmother was extremely kind, and I knew she wouldn’t approve of my stingy behavior. I also knew my other relatives would probably have given away the locket if they were in my shoes. Tightening my white-knuckle grip around the locket, I decided that I didn’t care. The locket was mine.

Again, I felt God say, “Give her your locket.”

Remembering my grandmother’s funeral and my vain prayers for God to spare her, I hardened my heart. I wasn’t giving anything else away—not even an inexpensive, department-store locket. It wasn’t fair of God to ask me to! God had taken so much from me already! Glaring up at the ceiling, I shook my head. Mentally, in an extremely snotty way, I told God to shut up and get lost.

locket-2A few seconds later, one of my relatives shouted for everyone to look. She pointed at a beautiful, expensive locket hanging from the bedpost. The locket was absolutely stunning. It wasn’t a piece of cheap jewelry—it was an heirloom. Unanimously, my relatives smiled at my young cousin and placed the gorgeous locket around her neck. Grateful tears flooded her eyes.

I looked down at the tiny trinket clutched in my fist. I knew that if I had given my locket away, I probably would’ve been given the heirloom instead. I was extremely happy for my cousin, but I felt horrible inside. Instantly, I realized how greedy and silly I had been.

grandma-6My cousin wore her lovely locket the rest of the day, and she wore it constantly for years after that. I never put my locket around my neck. The trinket had changed from a beautiful symbol of my grandmother into an ugly reminder of my petty greed. Even though my locket doesn’t bring back good memories, I’ve never thrown it away. In fact, every day, I see it hanging in my jewelry box. I keep that locket as a visual reminder not to ignore God’s voice. I keep it to remind me to be kind, tenderhearted, loving, and generous.

I wanted a locket to keep my grandmother’s memory alive in my heart. I wanted it to remind me of her kindness and love…

Come to think of it—maybe that locket was the perfect keepsake for me to have.

 

grandma-8Then Jesus said unto them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed, a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.‘”  Luke 12:15

When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule for everything she says… Charm can be deceptive and beauty doesn’t last, but a woman who fears and reverences God shall be greatly praised.” Proverbs 31:26 & 30

 

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25 thoughts on “Locket Greedy

    1. I’m so glad that you enjoyed this article, Lucy! Writing it brought back lots of memories. My grandmother was a wonderful person, and this lesson about kindness is one that I’ve never forgotten. Thank you so much for commenting! I hope you have a terrific day! ❤ 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Pastor Elliot! I’m so glad that you enjoyed my article! And thank you for all of the wonderful work you’re doing through Bible Quiz. Bible Quiz is such a terrific program. It had an extremely positive impact on my life. I participated on my church’s team from seventh grade through my senior year of high school. Later, I coached. There’s nothing quite as important as studying God’s Word. I’m so grateful to you and the others who have kept the program running for so many years. I hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for being such a blessing!

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  1. Danele, I love your transparency. What an impact the recounting of this event will have in all our lives. What a lesson in kindness and love. Isn’t it wonderful when we belong to God, He causes “all things to work together for our good and His glory”? What a powerful lesson and reminder!

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    1. Dear DiAne, thank you for your kind and lovely words. I’m so glad that you enjoyed my article. God really is amazing, isn’t He? Just like you, I’m so glad that He causes all things to work together for our good and His glory. I hope you have a fantastic day! Thanks for being such an encouraging voice in my life! ❤

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    1. Thank you, Janice! 🙂 I’m so glad that you’re enjoying my stories. 🙂 I loved listening to my grandmother telling stories from her life. I’m glad I’m able to carry the tradition on and tell my stories too. Thank you so much for commenting! You’ve made my day! 🙂

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  2. Ann Ellison

    I really enjoy your posts, and this is a wonderful reminder to listen when God speaks even when it is a word we don’t really want to hear, yet the word He speaks is always for our good

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    1. Dear Ann, I’m so glad that you enjoy my posts! Hearing that makes me very happy! Thank you for being such an encouraging voice in my life! 🙂 And I agree with you, listening to God is so important–but if I’m honest, I have to admit that I really struggle with listening and obeying at times. I get such a firm idea in my head about how things should go that when God changes things around, it really throws me for a loop. But when I do listen and obey, things always turn out better than I could hope or expect. I’ve found that learning to trust God is a daily adventure. I’m always battling between my heart and my mind. 🙂 When things around me are falling to pieces, my mind always tries to talk me out of the peace I feel in my heart. But when I hold onto that peace and turn my eyes toward Jesus, things always end up working out. Thanks so much for commenting, Ann! I really appreciate you!

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  3. Renette Steele

    Hi Danele,

    Once again a beautiful reminder of our LORD.
    When GOD asks us to give up something it is usually because He has something bigger and better in store. Something I often forget.
    It is hard to fathom that when losing a loved one. I think your Grandma would be proud of you today and the way you use her and GOD’s lessons to reach us hard headed folk.
    Thank you for sharing your heart! It is big and beautiful!
    Love and Hugs

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    1. Dear Renette, thank you so much for your lovely comment! My grandmother was a very special lady, and I hope she is proud of me. I’m glad you enjoyed this article, and I’m also glad to have a wonderful friend like you! Thanks for always being so kind. I hope you have a terrific day! 🙂

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  4. sandymauck

    Precious story, Danele. When I look at that, I see God knowing how your decision was going to impact your life even all these years, even to the point of writing to impact others. I also see the humility of your cousin was rewarded. God did it. And you are blessed not with the locket but with His perfecting in you and in all who read what you write.

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    1. Dear Sandy, thank you so much for commenting! I believe you are right–God knew exactly what I was going to do. The locket lesson is one that I will never forget. My cousin’s kind, gentle spirit was indeed rewarded–as it should have been. She was a terrific girl who has grown up into a spiritually strong woman that I admire. God always knows best, and He knew what was going to be best for both of us that day. I’m so glad you enjoyed this article. I hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂

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    1. Dear Karen, I feel very honored that you reblogged my article! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! I hope you have a wonderful day! Thank you so much for all of your encouragement and support! May God richly bless you both now and always! ❤

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  5. Thanks for sharing your story to help remind us to be kind and not greedy. It’s human nature sometimes you want what we want,and want to ignore His Word…..but it’s in His name that we should always live….obeying His Word is the only way we shall live .

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    1. Dear Monica, thank you so much for commenting! You’re absolutely right–it’s in God’s name that we should always live. And we should always try to obey His word. I’ve lived with God, and I’ve denied Him and lived without Him–and living with God always brings me peace and joy. I’m so glad that God loves us in spite of our mistakes. I’m so glad that I’ve found God and asked Him to be the Lord of my life. I hope you have a wonderful day, my friend! Thank you so much for sharing your heart! ❤

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