Keeping Up Appearances

“She asked him, ‘How much are you selling the eggs for?’
The old seller replied, ’25 cents an egg, Madam.’
She said to him, ‘I will take 6 eggs for a dollar and a quarter or I will leave.’
The old seller replied, ‘Come take them at the price you want. Maybe, this is a good beginning because I have not been able to sell, not even a single egg today.’
She took the eggs and walked away feeling she had won. She got into her new car, that she had bought on credit and went to a nice cafe with her friend. There, she and her friend, ordered whatever they liked. They ate a little and left a lot of what they ordered. Then she went to pay the bill. The bill was for fifty dollars. She gave sixty dollars and asked the owner of the restaurant to keep the change.
This incident might have seemed quite normal to the owner but, very painful to the poor egg seller.
The point is, why do we always show we have the upper hand, when we buy from the needy ones? And why do we get generous with those who do not even need our generosity?
I once read somewhere:
My father used to buy simple goods from poor people at high prices, even though he did not need them. Sometimes he even payed extra for them. I became concerned by this act and asked him, why he did that? Then my father replied, ‘It is a charity wrapped with dignity, my son’.”

By: Anonymous

Commentary: Your ego prevents you from being taken advantage of by someone beneath your social status. However, when you encounter somebody above yours, you have a tendency to inflate your ego, in order to keep up appearances. Even if you can’t afford it, you simply ignore the fact, that you are being taken advantage of, while rationalizing in your brain that you will have to sacrifice in some other area of your family’s life. I know most of you won’t share this post, but I believe that people need to read this, to understand how fake we act in our daily interactions with each other.

“Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.” Bible, Romans 12:2

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