Just more than six weeks ago, I became a father for the second time. My new daughter is officially the cutest little girl in Tonganoxie, but cuteness comes at a cost. Aside from the lack of sleep, cuteness officially cost more than $16,000 in doctor and hospital fees.
The outcome of a healthy (and did I mention cute?) little girl is well worth the total. However, the price tag made me realize what a blessing it is to have insurance.
Insurance can be frustrating. The monthly premium can seem like an unnecessary burden when everyone is disease-free. The complex calculations make it hard to scan for errors. Phone calls take roughly 45 button pushes to navigate the “simple” automated menus. But when it’s all said and done, insurance can save a family from financial ruin. The price seems small in comparison to the blessings.
The sacrifices God requires of us, too, are worth the effort. Sometimes his goals for us seem unnecessarily complex. Sometimes they are hard to understand. Sometimes God asks us to do things that seem like a waste of time and energy by human standards. But they are a small price with a big benefit. God’s requirements for those who have accepted Jesus’ free gift of grace lead to what he calls “abundant life.” Our actions don’t earn salvation, but they make the life of a saved person more pleasing to God and they give glory to his name.
Our relationship with God is much more than “fire insurance,” as some euphemistically say. Yet when we consider our relationship with him, we can’t help but think about how he saved us from eternal ruin.
Insurance is a blessing indeed.
— Steve Howell heads the adult education ministry at Tonganoxie Christian Church.