I lost my cash envelopes!!!
Yes, it’s true. For two days my cash envelopes system was totally unaccounted for. I searched everywhere: my car, my house, my mom’s house, my work and there was no sign of it for two whole days! I first realized I didn’t have them when I needed to purchase something with cash at a bakery. The envelopes weren’t in my purse so I figured it was in one of my other 3 bags that I usually carry with me. Some things that immediately came to mind when I realized it was missing:
The last place I remembered having it was at work. I took it out of my locker to show 2 coworkers that are also using a cash envelope system to gain control of their finances. I remembered putting it back into my locker.
If someone had found it, would they return it? It looks like a small purse and has monopoly money fabric on the outside, pretty sure that someone would figure out there is money inside.
The day I lost it was 9/15, meaning that there was half of the month to survive without cash for groceries!!!
“Oh no, ALL of our gift certificates are in there, including some big ones from when we got married!”
“I think my husband is going to be so mad at me….I don’t blame him.”
“I loved my cash envelopes system. It was my Christmas present from my mother-in-law and my husband. They both spent so much time picking out the different fabrics and putting it together. It was one of my favorite gifts.”
“How can I be such a bonehead?????”
The day I lost it, I placed a call to my work to see if anything had turned up. Nothing had. I told my husband what happened and he had so much grace on me. He reassured me that we were going to be ok, and didn’t make me feel worse then I already did.
The following morning we went to church and the message was talking about how everything we own isn’t ours, it’s Gods and we are just managing it for him. The message was also about how God expects us to care for our families and for others with the money he blesses us with. I felt that I had disappointed God by losing my cash envelopes.
That afternoon I decided to call my work again to see if anything was turned in. I was SHOCKED when the security officer told me that a visitor named “STACY” turned it in!!!!! And it was intact!!! I wish I knew more information about Stacy so I could thank her. This reassures me that there are good people out there that understand the value of things they find. It is also a good reminder to pay it forward. STACY, if you ever read this, you are my angel! Thank you so much!
Question for you: Have you ever had a similar episode when you lost something and someone turned it in or you found it a few days later? Have you ever turned something in that could have been of great value to someone else?