June 8th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2


Jackee and Ben Belnap of Holladay, Utah, had worked hard to save $1,060. To repay Ben’s parents for the cost of season tickets to the University of Utah’s football games. The cash was carefully tucked into an envelope.

But over the weekend, this precious envelop disappeared. The Belnaps searched high and low, but to no avail.

Until they happened to empty their shredder’s waste bag. And guess what? There was the cash, all sliced and diced and atomized.

Said Ben on Twitter:

So me and my wife had been saving up to pay for our @Utah_Football tickets in cash. We pulled our money out yesterday to pay my mom for the season… Well we couldn’t find the envelope until my wife checked the shredder. Yup. 2 year old shredded $1,060.”

I suspect Leo Belnap does not share his parents’ love for the Utes!

Reported Jackee:

We just, for like five minutes, we just shuffled through it, not talking. We didn’t know what to do and then I broke the silence and I’m like, ‘Well, this will make a great wedding story one day.’”

Added Ben:

It took a few hours to get over the shock but it really is hilarious.”

The kid is apparently well-versed in the art of shredding.


Leo helps me shred junk mail and just things with our name on it, or important documents we want to get rid of.”

And when the parents weren’t paying attention, and there was a convenient envelope accessible to him, Leo did his best to aid in the task of getting rid of stuff.

And the Belnaps did their best to separate the scraps of the good stuff from the remains of other unwanted pieces of paper.

But there’s good news. The US Department of Treasury has a Mutilated Currency Division through which the Belnaps plan to exchange their shredded currency. But it can take a while ….

Said Ben:

I called the guy the next morning and he said, ‘Oh, we might be able to help you here,’ and I was shocked! He said, ‘Bag it up in little Ziploc bags, mail it to D.C., and in one to two years, you’ll get your money back.’”

Better than nothing.

And even better news ….

Tweeted the Utah Utes Ticket Office, when they heard of the catastrophe:

On no! That’s terrible! Maybe we could help out with a couple extra tickets to an upcoming home game… DM us and we’ll see what we can do! (babysitter not included 😉).”

Richard Simmons once quipped:

That money talks I’ll not deny,
I heard it once, it said, “Goodbye!”

He was only echoing Scripture ….

Do not weary yourself to gain wealth,
Cease from your consideration of it.
When you set your eyes on it, it is gone.
For wealth certainly makes itself wings
Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.
Proverbs 23:4–5

Wealth gained easily will dwindle.
Proverbs 13:11

For riches are not forever,
Nor does a crown endure to all generations.
Proverbs 27:24

Thus …

He who trusts in his riches will fall,
But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.
Proverbs 11:28

In fact, in the final reckoning …

Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
But righteousness delivers from death.
Proverbs 11:4

So …

How much better it is to get wisdom than gold!
And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.
Proverbs 16:16

Therefore …

He who is generous will be blessed.
Proverbs 22:9

And if you do have wealth, remember:

It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich!
Proverbs 10:22


  1. Jim Woychuk June 9, 2019 at 5:13 am

    Thank you for these very interesting illustrations. Thank you for the good integration with God’s word.


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