Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little makes it grow. PROVERBS 13:11, NIV
Several times during my childhood we visited Niagara Falls on the border between New York and Ontario. We loved going as a family because during the day we’d visit the falls and at night we’d stay at a nearby campground and play board games or swim in the pool. There are lots of amazing activities to do at the falls, but as a kid I wasn’t able to do any of them because they cost a lot of money. My parents taught me to be patient, and I told myself that someday I would save some money and go back. When I grew up, I did exactly that.
First on my list was to ride a boat called Maid of the Mist, which got pretty close to where the falls were crashing down. They gave us rain ponchos but we got soaked anyway; it was great. On Canadian side we then went to Journey Behind the Falls, where we took an elevators down into the rock, walked through a long tunnel, and came out behind one of the falls. The highlight for me was the Cave of the Winds on the American side. We took an elevator down to a tunnel that emerged near the rocks where the water from the falls came crashing down. Each year the park workers erect a long boardwalk that leads visitor’s right to the base where the water crashes onto the rocks. It’s called the Hurricane Deck because the water crashing down onto the deck feels like you’re standing in the middle of a hurricane. It was an intense experience! I had to wait twenty years to enjoy this experience, but I learned a valuable lesson in being patient and saving money.
Some people try different questionable methods to get rich quick, but the BIBLE says it’s important to be honest and patient in our work, and little by little we will be able to save up for something special. Don’t risk getting in trouble because you refused to be patient. Be honest and pure in everything you do, especially in dealing with money.