The one about the ice creams

crunchie blastA few weeks ago my daughter and I were in town on a hot day and she asked for a Crunchie Blast ice cream. They were £1.80 each individually from the small freezer at the front of the shop we were next to but they were £1 for a box of three in the frozen section at the back of the shop. In most reasonable size shops there will usually be at least one individual ice cream that will cost you more than buying the boxed multipack containing 3 or 4 of the same thing. I checked in a co-op supermarket yesterday and this was true of Cornettos (box of 4) and Magnums (box of 3).

Partly this makes me angry. The economics of this seem unfair and it appears to penalize people who are shopping for themselves. Although I find it frustrating, it is also an opportunity to buy a box and share what you don’t need. Saving money and blessing others at the same time is a wonderful experience.

So here is your challenge should you choose to accept it (cue mission impossible music). Next time you are buying an ice cream head to the large freezer section near the back of the store and buy a box of whatever is on offer. Eat one and then give the rest away. Be honest with people as you do, explain it was cheaper to buy a box than an individual one (spread the good news of how to spend money wisely!)

You will be amazed at people’s reactions. Most will be shocked, some will refuse but there is that wonderful moment when someone accepts and you see the smile break out on their face. It’s such an easy way to bless someone and to save money at the same time.

The main problem with doing this is that sometimes you have to choose to not to get your favourite ice cream. I enjoy Crunchie blasts but I usually buy Cornettos as they are often boxed at four for £1 in a supermarket. I enjoy a Cornetto too, so it’s not that big a sacrifice.

sharingIt is also good for us to be willing to give up what we might have enjoyed. I think I could manage a box of 3 or 4 ice creams but it wouldn’t do me a lot of good. This simple act of generosity is a good reminder that many of us have extra we can give away in many different ways. This picture is a reminder of how not to give away an ice cream. Give it, let it go and be glad someone else is blessed.

If you have decide to share the cool stuff then please do comment below to let us know how it goes.

God told Abram that he was blessing him so that the whole world would be blessed through him and his descendants. God has blessed us, how will we bless others? Sharing an ice cream isn’t the most profound thing you will ever do but it is a start.

About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Regional Minister for the Eastern Baptist Association in the UK (the views expressed in this blog are my own) and I am especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century.
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