The basic premise is about wants or desires. Yes, our culture is "want" driven. Tv commericals, bilboards, magazines, radio stations, etc tell us of the newest and greatest thing-a-mabob that we need. I am ultra guilty of feeling that urge to go and spend. Sometimes it consumes me. Controls me. Even deeper than consumable want is the deisre for something more out of life. A marriage. Children. A talent. An experience. I think we can all relate to either type. The tendency to see what someone else has and want it seems natural to me. Perhaps it wasn't meant to be natural.
The pastor encouraged us to combat this feeling of want in a way that I wasn't expecting. Yeah, sure I was counting on the "spend within your means", "don't compare yourself to others", etc. I wasn't calculating the challenge of: be grateful for what you have and be genuinely happy for others when they have something you want.
Even though the summer has been different than I had planned, I am grateful.
- For the chance to visit aging grandparents.
- For long evenings spent chatting with old friends.
- For sunny hours spent lounging in a pool with friends.
- For a home where I feel safe, loved, welcome.
- For far-away friends who are happy to hear my voice when I call.
- For my job- even though the upcoming year frightens me!
- For new babies in the lives of so many near and dear to me.
- For those who truly know me despite my tendency to hide.
- For the chance to stop. be. think. breathe.