We live in a world that suggests bigger is better and that the grass is always greener on the other side. We try to keep up with the Jones’s. A nationwide electronic chain store now even offers a buy-back program…they will buy back your “old” TV (you know, the one you bought three months ago) when the new version comes out. Because we MUST have the newest version of everything.
I feel the pressure in my own life, too. My husband and our three children live in a modest, just-over 1000 square-foot home with three bedrooms, one bathroom and half a basement. Pretty much every wall, corner, closet and shelf is occupied. And I suppose, if I tried hard enough, I could squeeze my van into our garage in case of a hail storm. But I may not get it back out.
I would love to have a larger home with bedrooms for each of the kids, or at least an extra bedroom that would serve as a playroom…because for some reason our kids refuse to play in our basement. Oh, and I would love to have a dedicated office for bills, writing and all the other adventures I have taken on lately.
I want a driveway all our own instead of sharing one with our neighbor. I want a screened-in patio, a double car garage, a large storage shed, a workshop for my husband, a full basement and a second bathroom .
I want the A/C and DVD player to get fixed in the van and my husband could use a newer pick-up with a bed cover for storing tools and his fire gear. He also would like a raise at his job because he hasn’t gotten one in over three years due to budget issues.
My oldest daughter wants a new dress for picture day.
Oh, and world peace would be nice, too.
But do any of these things actually matter? (Well, except world peace, of course.) Because if we got all of these things, wouldn’t we just find other things that we want instead? Wouldn’t we still want more?
We spend our lives constantly seeking more of everything, except the one thing we should be seeking more of.
So today I throw my wish list in the fire. I surrender to the fact that there is One who provides all of my needs. Even without my 1000 square foot home. Even without half a basement or….even without actually possessing anything…He is enough.
He is what we need more of.
By Sarah Hawbaker, In Total DisarrayLeave a Comment