I stood in line with Deano. Our grandson, Jonah, had just spilled colorful m&ms all over our aisle.
Okay, I did it. I spilled them. He had set the opened bag on my coat.
I struggled to reach in my purse for the coupons, and as I pulled them out, I could still remember the day I clipped them out. I was sixteen and sitting at the kitchen table, where my mother was baking bread. “Here, honey, there’s a coupon on the back of the graham crackers for condensed milk. Can you clip that for me? We’ll want to redeem it.”
A coupon for .35 was a good coupon. I set it with all of her others. The nice thing about this coupon…….No Expiration Date.
My daughter, Lexi, is the extreme couponer in our family. I was the recipient of many free items over the past six months. Catsup, crackers, chips, Tide, spaghetti sauce, and cereals. What a blessing.
But her coupons expire. As a matter of fact, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen any coupons with no expiration date. I still have Mom’s from 8th grade.
Why didn’t we use them? We seem to forget. We head for the store, do the shopping, and somehow, year after year, I just don’t take the time to grab that coupon and use it. I think, oh, well, I’ll do it next time.
But today, I remembered, and the woman had to call the manager, because two coupons for Nestles’ chocolate chips and Eagle Brand condensed milk (yes, I’m making those yummy bars of Grandma’s) with no expiration were in front of her, and the clerk said to me, “We just can’t take those.”
I know better. If the company tells you there is no expiration, then you get to redeem it. I was standing by their word to me. No expiration.
The manager apologized profusely, and said “Of course! We’ll redeem them. They are the manufacturers. They always stand behind their coupons.”
And then it hit me.
Jn 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, has eternal life.”
It’s your promise from the Creator….the manufacturer. It never expires. It’s marked “.New Life in Christ” …..Salvation. Don’t wait years. Redeem it today.