We have had a “plumbing problem” over the past weeks. The problem was big enough to involve our insurance company. In 30 years we have never referred any “problem” to our insurance company. But this time the chorus of “that’s what we pay our premiums for – we have paid out all these years – we are entitled” was deafening.
The job was fixed in two parts. The outside bit by a contractor specified and arranged by the insurance company. That contractor charges them a lower rate than they would have charged us. The inside bit was left to us to arrange. And the chorus from the local plumbing community was a deafening silence – apart from one. And their chorus was “everyone loves an insurance job”. They charged a higher price than we would have accepted.
Insurance changes something. My negotiating position was irrelevant (apart from being a grumpy old man). Undercut by the “well you aren’t paying for it are you”. Undercut by the insurance company reporting back that the estimate was very reasonable. And by me just wanting to job done/paperwork completed.
It has been completed. And now I am going to do what we have always done. Get connected with the details.
Because the inside bit has left our home looking “bodged”. And no one cares. And with my (new) “expert knowledge”, I now know that the inside bit should have been done for a fraction of the cost and to a far higher standard and with one small new fixing. So that is what we will now do. Care for our home. Take ownership of our home. Fix things. And carry on paying (an increased) insurance premium in the years to come.
Everyone loves an insurance job … ?
Jesus looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:1-4
The headline from these verses is always of “money”. The learning always detached me from “God” and “real living” – the “teaching” was of my spiritual life – not my “real living”. I was taught to keep God and our bank account separate (apart from “thank you” in good times and “please sir” in bad times). Because God has this odd “go and sell everything” school of thought – and that’s just not practical – that’s not “connected”. Not really.
Except all of this “insurance stuff” is happening in my life right now. And it is not just about the money. It is something deeper. More personal. And all of this “stuff” is happening right now … Black Friday. Christmas. Joyeux Noel. The season for giving. The season for getting. The season for bargains. And all of this as well … Brexit … International trade agreements … Global commerce … GDP … interbank exchange rates … Greedy bankers … And comes full circle back to this:
Everyone loves an insurance job.
No one pays (just like Black Friday). Which really means I don’t pay – and makes “Truly I tell you, … all of them have contributed out of their abundance” … ALL about the money.
Because whether or not I like it – whether I admit it … I am connected to the “global economy”. And whether I like OR admit it – every buying choice I make is firmly connected to my daily living, my soul and my daily spiritual life. THEY are not disconnected – how can they be? They ARE me! And nor is my God because HE is me if I allow.
And I think THAT is what God is telling me today in these few verses: “Truly I tell you … “ is NOT all about the money – and IS all about me AND my real living today and tomorrow. And if I HAVE met God in our place here today … am I changed (and how will I know)?
(and you … if you met God at your place here in these words today … what about you?)