"Failure Reminds us of Grace During Lent," Simplicity in the Burbs ($2 a day) [Day 15-16]

Failure.  I failed.  It was unintentionally, but nevertheless, I failed.  My goal for Lent has been to stay under $2 a day with my food and any extra expenses that may come up.  And yesterday when I hit the auto-sum button on my Excel spreadsheet, I realized I had topped the scales by $0.08.  I truly was bummed but then I began to think of the character of God.  If my goal is to appease God, then I am missing the point.  And if my goal is to prove that “I can do it” or some other ego driven piety, then I miss the point.  The God I worship cares about the heart and not the letter of the law.  He is a God who provided cities of Refuge for those who unintentionally committed a grave offense.  He is the God who reminds me that it is his grace that has saved this mortal life, not my effort.  Grace.  Maybe that is the word I should have started this post with.  My failure reminds me of Christ’s competence and that in Christ, grace and his faithfulness are wonderful gifts.  So, to rewrite the beginning of this post…

Grace.  I receive grace.  It was not of my own doing, which is why it is grace.

Here are the totals for the past two days…

23-Mar Organic Applesauce 1 mini cup $0.31
Egg Rice Salsa plate
Egg 1 $0.26
Rice 1 serving $0.18
Salsa 1 serving $0.10
Frozen organic juice 1 $0.32
chocolate covered peanuts 9 $0.15
Organic baby carrots left over $0.14
PB&J Tortilla roll-up
Tortilla 1 $0.04
Organic Peanut Butter 4 tbs $0.18
Organic Strawberry Jam 2 tbs $0.10
Tortilla 4 $0.16
Butter / sugar / cinnamon dash’ $0.06
$2.00
24-Mar Organic Oatmeal $0.36
Egg Rice Salsa plate
Egg 1 $0.26
Rice 1 serving $0.18
Salsa 1 serving $0.10
Organic Applesauce 1 mini cup $0.31
Tortilla 2 $0.08
chocolate covered peanuts 9 $0.15
PB&J Tortilla roll-up
Tortilla 1 $0.04
Organic Peanut Butter 4 tbs $0.18
Organic Strawberry Jam 2 tbs $0.10
Frozen organic juice $0.32
TOTAL FOR MAR 24 $2.08
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  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.ekk Jason Ekk

    It was that darn tortilla!!!! Yeah that stinks that you went over by 8 cents… but, when I first saw that I thought that you had like broken down and went to chipotle or panda express…

    Anyways, it is frustrating that you “failed” but you are right in that that perspective is missing the point…

    Shalom!

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.enns James Enns

    Considering most of your days have been under-$2 by at least some number of cents; can’t you just consider it a wash :-) ? For some reason your daily meals remind of what my mom would pack in my lunches in elementary school – naturally I would sneak in a fruit rollup or Yogurt Cup – she must have been on to something.

  • PennyPaige

    “Mercy, not sacrifice is what I desire.”

  • Shelly

    You eat a lot of PB & J tortilla wraps! :)

  • Anonymous

    Go Kurt, go ! (That reminds me, are you getting enough fiber ?)


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