|My two, precious nieces ready to take Costco by storm! The tradition continues!|
For those who know me well, it's no secret: I love a good bargain. Aside from TJ Maxx, one of my all time favorite places to save big bucks is Costco. I tell you, as long as you don't go crazy and buy things you don't need like 5 dozen eggs, it truly is a magical place.
We save on everything there--electronic toothbrush heads, deodorant, razor blades, red bell peppers, baby shower presents, and even wine.
My love for Costco began when I was a little girl--with five kids under 8, my parents were always looking for things to do with us, so a family weekend activity often included a trip to Costco. There, you could have free samples, play on the cash registers, watch the sample TVs, and feed a family of 7, for under $15. It was paradise!
Anyways, a few weeks ago, B were flipping through channels one night when "The Costco Craze" appeared on the display. I pleaded for B to flip back because I assumed it was an updated version of "Supermarket Sweep" where contestants ran around Costco to see how much they could spend in under 5 minutes. Now, how fun would that be?!
It turns out that "The Costco Craze" was no game show, but an inside look at the warehouse giant--how their wine buyer is one of the most powerful women in the wine industry, the process they go through to select the 120 toys each year they will offer at Christmas, how they test their toilet paper to ensure it's high quality, etc. I was fascinated.
One thing was clear--Costco is committed to quality and they've become a household name based on the principle: "The more of something you buy, the better value you're going to get."
As I jump into my spiritual comparison today, I assure you, I'm not Tom Hanks' character in You've Got Mail attempting to convince Meg Ryan that selling cheap books is similar to buying huge vats of olive oil. When it comes to God and olive oil, there's just no comparison.
BUT I do think that when it comes to God, the Costco concept applies--the more of God you invest in and take advantage of, the better your value.
I'm not talking about salvation here--no matter what, we're freely forgiven and saved--there's nothing we can do to change that, but more in an everyday life kind of way.
Beyond salvation, on a daily basis, there is SO much of God to discover! When we invest in the time to soak Him up and experience all He has to offer, we benefit in countless ways--we're increasingly aware of his presence in our everyday lives, we're reminded of His Truth, our eyes and ears are tuned in to hear and see Him more clearly, and our hearts are open to follow His promptings.
There are also so many scriptures that promise us that when we seek out and invest in God, He responds:
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you.
Now, is that better than a box of 500 Twizzlers, or what?!