Sunday, November 7, 2010

Are you serious?!

(Written by Solomon)

A few days ago, I opened a bank account (on Thursday). On Friday, Mom bought me a new wallet at the thrift store that was used. Yesterday (Saturday) I noticed a pocket I had never noticed before. 

I stuck my hand in it to see if there was anything in it. There was indeed- an 100-dollar bill!! And we had bought the wallet used for two bucks!!! 

However, I usually keep my cool and didn't start screaming #1 because I could tell my brothers and surprise them, #2 because I could tell that it might be counterfeit because it didn't have the furry feeling like most bills. First, I prayed and thanked God. Then I pretended to use the bathroom and observed the bill. It was obviously looking like one-it said federal reserve note, legal tender, and the stuff about debts being paid with it. However, it just might not be real. I decided to tell Isaac. He was so surprised! I told him not to tell anyone. Later I told John, then Miriam, then Mom. She didn't believe it until I showed her the bill.

Later that day, I went to Brilliant Sky toy store and bought a remote control 4x4 car that can go on land and water, a lava lamp, and birthday and Christmas presents for all my siblings. I got to stay up a long time to play with my toys and watch the lava lamp. I didn't spend all the money, and after I paid my tithe on it I still had $14 left over, in addition to the money I had put into my savings account this week, which was 30 dollars. I'm trying to learn about being wise with my money. 

**This story is TRUE**

59 comments:

  1. I wouldn't know what to do! Since the wallet was bought at a thrift store there is no possible way to track the owner, if you took it back it would probably go straight into the pocket of the person running the counter at the time.

    Some people would say it's not yours to begin with, so donate it to charity, and that's kind of a hard one. But I think seeing it as a blessing, and using it wisely, is not wrong so long as the original owner can't be tracked. It sounds like he used it very well.

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  2. Wow that's awesome Soloman! I'm glad that you got to get a lot of good use out of your money.

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  3. LOL I love the disclaimer at the end! I cannot believe that you managed to get so much with $100 and still have some money left over to save. Nice work :D

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  4. Please compliment your son for me, he is so articulate! Such a smart little cookie talking about legal tender! Super cute

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  5. Did anyone call the thrift store and ask if there was a record of who donated the wallet? Some thrift stores keep records. If there was no record, someone should put an ad in the paper asking if anyone donated a wallet to -- thrift shop. If all else fails, the found money should be reported to the police department. The money belongs to someone and everything possible should be done to find the person. Whoever donated the wallet did so out of the kindness of his or heart. It is wrong to not at least try and find this charitable person. Do not let this valuable teaching moment on morals pass your children by because of greed.
    Rebecca

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  6. Abba12 and anyone else, how can you see this as awesome or a blessing? When one of my sons found a wallet with no identification in it, we did everything possible to locate the person who lost it. We did find the person. He was an elderly man who was very upset. The man was on a fixed income and he needed that money to pay his bills. My son was not excited when he found the wallet. He was sad for the person who lost it. The last thing he wanted to do was spend the money. He wanted to find out who lost it.
    Rebecca

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    1. This wasn't a found wallet but a purchased wallet. I would definitely encourage my son to contact the thrift store to find out if anyone had called about it, but at the same time, I would not be overwhelmed by guilt at the idea of him keeping it. I'd strongly encourage wise spending -- as this young man clearly did.

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  7. Rebecca,

    with all due respect, I find your suggestions ridiculous at best. Let's go through your suggestions one by one, and then I am going to show you why you are wrong from the Bible.

    - thrift store records ~ are you serious? Do you actually think that a store that sells an item for $2 could make any profit if they kept written or electronic records of the tens of thousands of items they take in each day? It would mean having to barcode everything they sell, in order to be able to link it to those records. How could they possibly afford the staff and overhead??? This is such a crazy notion, I don't even know where to begin. For the record, I have donated to this particular store myself countless times, and only ever get handed a blank donation receipt. This store also buys much of what they sell from other thrift stores, garage sales, etc. and sell it at a slight markup.

    - an ad in the paper ~ Let's assume this ad were free. How in the world would I know that the person claiming that they donated a completely empty, black, standard, absolutely not unique man's wallet with $100 in it is really telling the truth? It's as if I said: "Hey folks, I found a hundred bucks on the ground, anybody loose their money?" Besides, if the person who left the money in the wallet KNEW that they left it there, wouldn't they be calling the thrift store, asking for it back, or checking the shelf for it, rather than randomly looking in the paper? Whoever left the money in there didn't know it was there, or they would have taken it out. Therefore, they are not looking for it, and would not respond to such an ad.

    - file a report with the police department ~ again, this is so ridiculous. Hey, anyone, I found some money, so if you lost some please come get it?

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  8. I would like to know if the wallet your son found had anything inside it beside just cash, something that gave you some idea of who it might belong to, or that would make it possible for any possible responders to your suggestions to identify their wallet to you.

    And for the record, a few years back, as I was walking to my car, I found a wallet lying right next to it, but no other cars nearby. I picked it up and tossed it into the passenger seat, planning on trying to locate its owner later. I forgot all about it until that evening, when I saw it laying there in the seat. I opened the wallet to find $568 in cash inside - five hundreds, three twenties, and eight dollar bills. No driver's licence, no bank/credit cards with any names on them whatsoever. There was a tiny paper phonebook in one of the compartments, and I started calling down the list of numbers asking if one of their friends/relatives had lost a wallet, until I finally got to the girlfriend of the guy whose wallet it was. He contacted me, identified the wallet to me, and I gave him my address so he could come and get it. When he showed up in his gold SUV, the guy looked like a total pimp and/or drug dealer, which may well have been the case based on his total lack of any ID in his wallet, and the large amount of cash. But I didn't care - it was his money and I knew it.

    And now to prove you wrong from the Bible, do you remember the story about the treasure found in a field, or the pearl of great price?

    "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it."
    (Mat 13:44-46)

    A man found a treasure in a field belonging to someone else. He did not take it, as it did not belong to him, but he did go and rightfully buy the field from the owner of it. This owner did not realize the value of his field, and that it was worth much more than what he was selling it for, because he was unaware of this priceless treasure it contained. The Bible compares this story to the kingdom of heaven and getting saved, so it is not a negative example at all.

    A more modern example would be if I went to a garage sale (meaning I know who the owner/seller is), and while I check their stuff I find a lot of money in one of the coat pockets, or a purse or wallet they are selling, or somewhere similar.
    Based on that story, it would not even be wrong of me to buy that item for a few dollars, realizing the true treasure I am getting, while the seller is not realizing his loss. Yet, I would never in a million years even DREAM about doing that.

    Your accusation of being motivated by greed is very offensive, especially when the amount concerned is so small in light of our monthly expenditures. Our family has taken financial setbacks to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars in order not to compromise our convictions. Not sure if you are just sour grapes, or feeling particularly self-righteous.

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  9. That's awesome. What a cute kid. He sure did get a lot of stuff out of it.

    My husband used to work at a christian mens home that ran a thrift store, he said the workers usually go through all the wallets, purses, coats etc and they do find money and THEY KEEP IT! Most of the thrift stores in our town have a monthly pickup. They send you a card in the mail with a date and you set your donations out on the curb with the card attached. It would be impossible to know which house an item came from. Whenever I drop stuff off they don't look to see what I gave, they just hand me a blank receipt.

    To try and find who gave that wallet would be a like finding a specific drop of rain in the ocean.

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  10. I suppose you could put a note up in the window of the thrift store but it's probably too late to do that now. I do think the fact that he has tithed some of it means that he has given something back. It would be a different story if there was identifying information and he had ignored it. I once picked up a library book to peruse and discovered $50 in it! I took it straight to the desk because I figured that they could work out the last person who borrowed it

    oh, and Gold SUV: Classic!

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  11. Well I for one definitly see it as a Blessing Solomon!

    P.S - tell your Mom that I love the new design and can't wait for it all to be finished!

    Diana

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  12. What an awesome story Solomon! It's great that you thought of your brothers and sisters and charity instead of falling into the trap of selfishness. I hope you enjoy the cool things you bought!

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  13. Rebecca, did you just make up the stuff about thrift stores keeping records? It sure sounds like it. Also, what if the person used the donation bin after hours? How are you to track that?

    If I donated a wallet to the thrift store, I'd be checking it first to make sure there was nothing valuable to me left inside. How about some personal responsibility, huh?

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  14. Finding a wallet on the street, and buying a used one from a thrift store are two totally different things. The money is his. I too, would count it as a blessing.

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  15. Very sweet story! I love that Solomon wished to bless his siblings with the money... BTW, I love the new background, but I will miss the cute picture of your children at the header. Have a blessed day!

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  16. One of the thrift stores I donate to does barcode. You were also given other options. An appropriate ad would be "Found money in wallet in store. Call -- to describe details." You have no way of knowing if the person has realized, or will realize, that his money is missing. I opted for an ad in the paper when my son found a wallet. No details were given in the ad. It worked. No excuse justifies not trying to find the person.

    As for the bible verse, that has absolutely nothing to do with this scenario. I have a degree in Biblical Studies, and I also studied Hebrew for many years. You're out of your league.

    You have free will. Do with it what you want. Just remember that if Jesus chose you to do His work and be the one to get this money back to the person who could be praying for it to be found, you screwed up.
    Rebecca

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  17. "said"-You don't have much faith in God's power if you think that finding the owner is "like finding a specific drop of rain in the ocean." With God, anything is possible. I put an ad in the "Lost and Found" section of our newspaper. My family and I prayed. The owner was found. Our God certainly is an awesome God.
    Rebecca

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  18. Rebecca,

    your theological degrees explain your behavior, although I do not say they excuse them. I wonder if you can even count to ten in Hebrew. I for one speak three languages fluently, and have yet to meet a Greek/Hebrew scholar who could even come up with one sentence in one of these languages on their own.

    You have yet to answer my question as to whether there was anything else in the wallet you found? the one we bought had nothing in it. It was completely empty. The wallet cannot possibly be identified by its appearance, as it is simply a black wallet. Short of the original owner having memorized the ID number on the bill, there would be no way to identify the money.

    Anyone can say "that verse has nothing to do with the story" when it suits them to do so. Can you explain why it doesn't?

    And are you suggesting that it IS possible for YOU to find a specific drop of water in an ocean?

    I tell you what, please call the thrift store for me (Savers in Tempe), place ads in my local papers, and talk to the police department in Tempe. Then you can field the calls to everyone who responds to your ads, and figure out which one the money belongs to. You have as much information about it as I do, so it should be easy for you. Please pass on the info when you have found your specific water drop of a donor, with an explanation of how you know it really is them, and I will gladly refund them their money.

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  19. I think the owner left the money in the wallet on purpose, and it fell in the hands of a very responsible and grateful little boy. :)
    Annette

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  20. "As for the bible verse, that has absolutely nothing to do with this scenario. I have a degree in Biblical Studies, and I also studied Hebrew for many years. You're out of your league."

    Anonymous, Zsuzsanna may be out of her league (according to you) but is your gloating pride in your education the better alternative?

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  21. Have to say I'm conflicted on this - only because I feel bad for the person who lost their money. But, as you said, finding the owner would be impossible.

    I found $360 in an envelope on the floor in a book store. I turned it in, the police came and took it. Two months later, an office called me to come get it because no one had claimed it. The thought of losing that much money makes me sick. I have the money and if the owner ever shows up, I'll hand it over. Considering, it's been over 2 years, I doubt it will happen.

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  22. Perhaps the negative comments are in light of the overall attitude of the post and your subsequent comments.

    While there may be no way to track the owner (not sure I agree with not even making an attempt, but whatever), it would have been nice to see some compassion for the person who DID lose the $100. And maybe a prayer or two for him; you know, that God would comfort him or bless him, especially in light of the blessings his mistake gave you.

    Instead of the attitude that IS implied... "What a stupid loser. He should keep better track of his stuff. We deserve it more than him. God blessed us with that guy's stuff because we're better than him. He's probably just a pimp anyway."

    Maybe that's not really how you feel, or are teaching your children to feel. But that's what comes across in your posts. Often.

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  23. Zsuzsanna, it is up to you to put the ad in the paper and field the calls. It is your job as a parent to teach your children that they need to help others and give of themselves, because that is how Jesus wants us to live. Children also learn by example. They should see you doing what you can to help. Seeing it as an inconvenience is the wrong outlook to have and a poor example to the children. You should do it with joy in your heart and have hope and faith that with prayer, the person will be found. By your oldest son's age, he should already be at the point where he is feeling compassion for the person who lost the money, while also having no desire to spend the money.

    I thought I mentioned in my other comment that there was no identification in the wallet.

    Stefanie, you did the right thing. I also find your empathy for the person who lost it very refreshing. I bet that Jesus is very proud of you. You did what you could and your heart was in the right place.

    Jochebed, it is not gloating. It is what it is. Put me side by side with a computer programmer, and he is in a different league than I am. I know a little, but I am certainly no match for him. It's no big deal to admit. It would only be a big deal to admit that I really didn't know that much if I was trying to make an income that way. Thankfully, that's not the case.
    Rebecca

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    1. "It is your job as a parent to teach your children that they need to help others and give of themselves, because that is how Jesus wants us to live."

      But she clearly did, and so did he. He didn't go out and blow all the money on himself. He gave some to the church, he spent some on his siblings, he saved some, and then he bought things for himself. He GAVE. He legally purchased the wallet, and that means the law is on his side in this.

      I would argue that ethically and morally, they could (and probably should) have contacted the store to see if anyone was looking for it, but they did no wrong by keeping the money.

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  24. "...and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just." - Proverbs 13:22b

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  25. Please tell Solomon what a great story he wrote!!! Excellent job.

    About the money: Last year I found cash in a parking lot. I went to the manager. Legally there is nothing anyone can do when you find cash because there is no way of proving who it belongs to. The manager literally told me "finders keepers".

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  26. A lot of what is on sale at thrift stores is from the estate of those who have died, so maybe no one is missing the money.

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  27. When they purchased the wallet they purchased anything that was in it as well. I know i have heard of a few cases of elderly wealthy people putting money in wallets or purses then donating the items to thrift stores as a good gesture. Why make arguments over a blessing? It's not like they found a wallet on a side walk, they purchased the wallet. You should be ashamed for trying to take the joy of such a surprise from a child.

    Good for you Solomon, I hope you enjoy your new things, It's awesome when god surprises us with such blessings.

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  28. Dont know why my name didn't show up on my last comment. Seriously this is completely rediculous. If you buy something, it's yours. ALL OF IT. I wonder if it had only $10 in it if you negative anons would be behaving the same way. If the owner of the wallet had given it away, one would assume that they knew the pocket was there and would have checked (since they put the money there). When they dontated the wallet they dontaed ALL OF IT. If they cared what was in it, they would have checked better. Possibly it belonged to a person who died and his family donated the wallet. Whatever the case. You should not say it was LOST money. The person didn't lose it, they gave it away. Maybe it was even a case of "pay it forward" perhaps they found $100 in a wallet once.

    I have "found" my money in purses or coats that had been packed away for winter and hand no idea I had left it there. Most likely it's been forgotton. What ever the case, it's really silly to say that they should try and find the owner. Solomon is the owner, he bought the wallet. It belongs to him.

    Also, I have no doubt that God can find a single rain drop in the ocean. But, I also feel that sometimes He doesn't want us to find it.

    Solomon was very wise with the money. He gave some of it to God, he bought gifts for his siblings, he saved some for later and got himself a nice gift. You never know if that $100 given back to the original owner would have been used for something terrible. Perhaps God took the money away from the original owner for not being wise and blessed Solomon with it for having such a sweet heart.

    Congratulations Solomon on your fantastic blessing.

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  29. This is on the Savers website. "We then pay our nonprofit partners based on the number of boxes and bags of merchandise they deliver to us. Additionally, we also pay them for donations our customers deliver directly to our stores via our Community Donation Centers."
    Just call Savers and ask who their non profit partners are, pick one, and donate the $100 to them.

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  30. Wow Solomon! I love how the Lord gives us special little surprises sometimes. It was also very kind for you to think of your brothers and sisters.

    We had a missionary come to our church recently who had a big financial need. He was rummaging around some books and bought 2 boxes full of books. Well, inside each of those books there was a one hundred dollar bill. Through the books, the Lord gave the missionary $2400, which was the exact amount that the missionary needed!

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  31. Goodness me! I can't believe there's so much discord from a post about a sweet and responsible little boy simply having a stroke of good luck.

    I would probably suggest that the commenter in question confronts real thieves face to face - perhaps armed bank robbers, or gang members? If you are so sure of your personal morality crusade, take it to someone who needs to hear the message - and leave the 9 year old child to his toys.

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  32. Rebecca, you are ridiculous, I am sure if the person who donated the wallet was actaully missing any money he would have gone back to Savers, rummaged thru the wallets and taken his money back. I remember sometime last year there were secret santas giving money to people for Christmas by placing it in places people would find it, such as thrift store wallets. Soloman is a very generous and kind hearted little boy and you should be ashamed of yourself. I am all for giving something back that does not belong to you, however, this is not one of those cases. Why don't you find someone else to attack, stop being a control freak, and leave the little boy alone. Annette

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  33. Solomon, what a great post! I appreciate your generosity and wisdom in giving some to the Lord, saving some and buying presents for your siblings. What a great oldest brother you are! You are setting a wonderful example for your siblings to follow. Lava lamps are cool, huh? And that car sounds like it’s a ton of fun!

    Mrs. Anderson, I myself would also count it as a blessing and I don’t think you are wrong to do so. I believe that the Lord can and does bless us in these ways. After all, the wallet was bought and paid for.
    I do agree with Rebecca though, that I don’t believe those stories from Matthew 13 can be used as justification for what happened. The reason for this is that the intent of the story was to display a similarity between that story and the kingdom of heaven, not an instruction on what to do in that situation. It shows how we should react about Christ (the treasure, the pearl). My husband did a sermon on Matthew 13:44. I would love to send a copy of the CD to you. And it is unfair to hold your linguistic prowess over her head. Your experience with those languages and fluency is different than if you would have studied those languages from a book. You were blessed to grow up and live in cultures that fostered your learning because you heard it spoken often.
    It is not right for readers to assume things about you and your actions with this money.
    Could you please learn from this experience about how you are making many others feel? Especially other Christians who are competent in their faith who you deem as incompetent – e.g. mothers who work outside the home, people who use birth control, Pentecostals, people who use other versions of the Bible, people who do not homeschool, etc.
    Honestly, my husband and I do not believe in birth control, I am a stay at home mom and we are planning on homeschooling. Not all Pentecostals believe you can lose your salvation. In fact, I bet the majority believes you can’t lose it.

    Pastor Anderson, I think it’s wrong and unfair for you to assume the donator was a sinner based on Proverbs 13:22b, even though that may indeed be true. By the way, my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed your sermon on Bible Memorization. We are putting what you spoke into practice and it is very helpful!

    Rebecca, I appreciate your defense of God’s Word and I didn’t think you were being proud. I agree with you, but I do believe that the money was a blessing and it was encouraging seeing Solomon’s handling of it.

    P.S. Mrs. Anderson, I am still waiting for your feedback to my comment and email on your post “On judging, hating and name calling.” I would love to know what you think.
    I think it’s cool that you post a variety of comments and not just the positive ones. That is mature of you.
    I hope your pregnancy continues to go well. How exciting that you are less than a month away from seeing your baby face to face!

    Praying for you,
    Samantha

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  34. Samantha,

    you would be the first saved pentecostal I have ever met, and also the first who does not believe that one can lose their salvation. Going out soulwinning, I have literally run into hundreds of pentecostals, so your claim that most believe "once saved always saved" is wrong. In fact, OSAS is a negative tag that the pentecostals came up with referring to people who believe like us.

    Maybe some spin it to instead say "If someone commits such-and-such the sin, they were never really saved", which is basically the same thing. I am also guessing that you believe that in order to be saved, someone must believe AND get baptized/speak in tongues/have good works/etc., or that these things will automatically follow. All of these positions are wrong - the gospel is simply "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved"

    Personally, I believe that so-called tongue-speaking is a sign of being demon possessed, as that was the case with everyone the Bible talks about who lost control of themselves and acted weird and strange. I could go on and on, but don't have the time. There are articles on our church's website on the subject.

    Your position also shows a complete lack of understanding the Bible, which equates tongues with languages.

    I was not showing off with my language prowess, but simply stating a fact. Funny you did not point out Rebecca for gloating about her non-existent command of Hebrew, after lying and claiming that it had given her some deeper insight into the Bible that put her way out of my league. At best, she knows how to read the Hebrew alphabet and look up words in a dictionary. I am certain that she could not even come up with "Hello, how are you?" in Hebrew on her own, and the Bible text is much more complex than that.

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  35. In all honesty, I have never yet even had the time to read your email to me. I get dozens like it every day, and would not be able to have a life at all if I tried to read and/or respond to even some of them. My post explains my position on the topic, and references the Bible verses that explain my position. There is no way to argue that God does not hate some people, or that we are never supposed to hate or judge anyone ourselves, without negating those verses. I do not need to read a 50 page thesis on why the sky is really green when I know it is blue.

    And as far as "learn[ing] from this experience about how you are making many others feel" - please! Anytime anyone says anything, someone somewhere somehow might feel offended by that. Jesus said he came not to bring peace but a sword. The word of God always divides, right from Genesis 1 where God again and again divided with his Word. "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

    Unlike you, Rebecca, and others, I have NEVER once gone onto someone else's blog, or contacted them via email or otherwise, to tell them why they are wrong. Sounds like you are the one in the offensive. All I do is state MY position on MY blog, publicly and for all to see because unlike you, I am not ashamed to link to my profile. They are general positions, such as "It is wrong for women to use birth control", or whatever else you listed. But I have yet to personally go to a woman and attack her for her use of birth control personally. You, however, have left me numerous comments badgering me for my beliefs. I regret to inform you that everyone will not act and believe 100% the way you like or see fit. Please feel free to start your own popular blog about your pet issues, but could you stop harassing me? Are there not millions of other positions in this wide world that you also disagree with? How much time will you invest into reforming them all?

    I will not be responding to any more of your questions. My goal is not to convince you or anyone that I am right. My goal is simply to state my beliefs, to encourage others who believe the same way, and to be a voice or reason in a crazy world. Like it or leave it.

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  36. Solomon: You are being very wise with the money and doing a good job!

    Mrs. Anderson: Although an agnostic, I admire your commitment to your beliefs and family tremendously. Furthermore, please know that I have put money ($50 a few times, $20 more often) in the pockets of items I have given away to thrift stores when I wanted to commit a random act of kindness. Whether found by an employee or shopper at such a place, it is someone who needs the money. Their employees are paid very little, and their customers (at least in my area) tend to be young families with lots of children or people who are very poor. It is not as rare as it may seem for people to do this.

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  37. The more I think about this, the more I think that the money was left there intentionally. Obviously the person had cleared out his wallet before donating it because there was nothing else in the wallet. Perhaps it was a pay it forward situation? My husband found a mobile phone on the side of the road once and eventually returned it to its rightful owner. The woman owned a corner shop and insisted that my husband take something, anything from the shop. We didn't need anything so he told her to choose one person that day who she thought could do with some free bread and milk and give it to them instead. I sure hope she did

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  38. That's great Solomon!!! Aunt Raani

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  39. I'm not ususally so "in to" a blog post and it's comments to actually come back and see what else has been said. But, this one has been on my mind, probably becuase it is negativity directed at a child's blog post.

    Dear Negative Rude Commenters,

    I took it upon myself to contact Savers and ask if they had an opinion or policy on monies found in items from their store.

    Here is what hey told me:

    They very thoroughly inspect all items for money before they put them out for sale. They said they have found large sums of money many times. Usually items are donated by family memebers of a deceased person and they have no idea it has money. It is nearly impossible to find out who donated it, if they think it's possible they will try. If money has slipped through their inspection and leaves the store in an item, it belongs to the person who purchased the item. Most often if an item is donated by mistake with money in it, they are contated by the owner quickly. When an employee finds money in donated items, usually the store will dontate a portion to a charity they support and give a portion to employee who found it.

    My opinion:

    1. Considering it was a wallet and people usually keep their money in one, it would seem logical to assume the employee would naturally check it during their thorough inspection.

    2.God allowed that money to not be seen an employee during the thorough inspection so that Solomon could be blessed.

    2. Solomon followed Savers policy to a T and then some. He gave some and kept some. He even bought gifts for others.

    Zsuzsanna,

    You must have very thick skin. I get some terrible comments on my blog so much that I can't even publish them. I can't even imagine what you must receive. God bless your family.

    -Kimmie

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  40. Kimmie, Saver's policy is pretty much common sense, isn't it? :)

    Most other places have the same kind of policy. I once paid $2 for a purse at a thrift store (when I was about 11, and when I got home the purse had a $2 coin in it, so I basically got the purse for free, which was fine by me because I hated it and my mom had made me buy it, and not only that had made me spend my own money on it, because SHE liked it).

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  41. I was going to address some of the insanely stupid comments, but I decided not to waste my time. So now for my wholesome uplifting comment, lol.

    Solomon,
    That is so cool that you found $100 in the wallet that YOU BOUGHT and now BELONGS TO YOU!! One time, when I was flying to Phoenix I found $100 bill in the airport security area! There was nobody next it and no way of knowing who it belonged to. I was so excited! That was totally different though, somebody had most likely lost it in that case. So I did look around and see if there was a way to find who lost it, but there wasn't. In your case, the previous owner GAVE the wallet (and everything inside it) to the thrift shop. It then belonged to the thrift shop. Then you bought it form the thrift shop and it belongs to you! NOBODY LOST THE MONEY. Whether they knew it was in the wallet or not, they GAVE the wallet to the thrift shop. You bought the wallet at the price set by the store and everything in it is rightfully yours!! I am glad that you bought yourself something cool with some of the money!! That truck sounds like a lot of fun!! I also think lava lamps are really cool! That was very nice of you to also use some of your own money to buy gifts for your brothers and sisters. I will see you the day after Christmas!!
    Love,
    Aunt Lisa

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  42. Prov. 13:22 A good [man] leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner [is] laid up for the just.
    Enough said.
    Glad Solomon had such a blessed day.

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  43. Congratulations on finding the money! How nice of you to buy presents for your brothers and sisters!

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  44. I am never going to a thrift store again. I will never try to secretly bless someone again. If only the previous owner of that wallet(who may have wanted to bless someone) knew what the unintended consequences of that wallet donation were. My daughter(20) says it was $100 not a winning lottery ticket(we don't gamble/play the lottery)- or an expensive piece of jewelry, etc. What if it was a penny, a dollar, what should happen then? I am very protective of the true Bible- the King James Bible. There aren't different Bible versions and the KJB is one of them. There is the real and the modern,corrupt counterfeits. There are many King James Bible homeschool curriculums. It's like Christians who walk around wearing the peace symbol. They aren't researching it- hopefully when they learn the truth- the history- they will not wear it. Or maybe they don't want to give up gold jewelry and the truth won't matter.

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  45. I am so sad that this has started such a controversy. I think that Zsusannah is right, and the parable applies.
    All the best to you Solomon, and may you continue to spend your money wisely!

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  46. Hi Solomon! I think it was very good of you to first thank God and remember to tithe with the $100 bill that you found! What a blessing you've received and it was so grown-up to do such good things--things that sometimes not even adults do! I would have been very excited, too, and I am your mother's age!
    Also, you are very smart to check for signs that it was counterfeit. I was impressed that you knew so much about the legal reserve and using it for the payments of debts. Do you remember who the man was on the front of the $100 bill?

    Mindy

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  47. I have little in common with the author of this blog, but I find these comments to be unnecessarily personally offensive to this family.

    While the public statements of Pastor Anderson and his wife are public statements may well be picked apart by this audience, it is in poor taste to attack a child who has tried to do the right thing -- looked for identification and then spent it responsibly.

    I too have gone to ridiculous lengths to find owners of wallets. Here, there were no ridiculous lengths to go to. To any rational person, short of hiring a private investigator, the trail was dead.

    Soloman showed good stewardship and a commitment to Biblical principles in his handling of the money, and I for one commend him and his parents for teaching him that.

    Again, I have strong disagreements on many issues, but I also have deep respect for healthy families. Carry on!

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  48. Jill homeschoolmomJuly 1, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    good for you! being wise with your money is a good thing, and using your blessing to bless your siblings is great. I love the name Solomon!

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  49. Look, I don't think it was necessary to go to any extraordinary lengths to find the owner of the wallet, but I do think that a single phone call to the thrift store to find out if they knew who donated the wallet, or even just generally whether they keep records of who donates what, and to find out if anyone called saying they had left something in a wallet, and leaving your number if they did or do in teh future. About a 2 minute effort is all that was required, I think, to enjoy the money without guilt.

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  50. Why are you people (Solomon's mom, dad, and aunt) so angry and bitter at people who disagree with you. Turn the other cheek.
    Lisa

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    1. I so totally agree with you, Lisa!

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  51. Although this is an old post, I feel inclined to comment because I do not see that anyone has expressed my first reaction. I would bet that whoever donated that wallet PURPOSELY left the 100 dollar bill inside in order to bless the buyer. After all, they cleaned out the wallet of all other items except a large bill, and few people carry 100 dollar bills anymore. They then donated it to a thrift store, knowing that whoever would buy it would be attempting to be frugal and therefore deserving of such a gift.

    Solomon showed great character by being so selfless with the money!

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  52. Seems like the right thing to do would be to donate it to someone actually in need.

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  53. Hey im new to this blog but just want to say. God bless you and your family. May His Spirit and Blood be upon all of you. Keep going by the bible. Stay humble and God will use all of you to his Glory. God bless

    Vitaliy
    South Carolina

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  54. What a nice and smart young man you are!! My 62 year old mouth dropped as I read and I know your parents must be so proud of you!!

    Lynn Houston, Texas

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