“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
The holiday season is wrapping up and I find myself not yet ready to be back into the swing of things (back to work). The perks of being a school teacher include holiday and summer breaks, which I get to spend making memories with my family.
I love the holidays and the Christmas spirit that seem to fill the air this time of year because it seems to put more people into a giving mood. If I must confess, I do love going to the mall this time of year and watching all the men walk around with Victoria’s Secret bags. I get a little chuckle out of seeing VS flooded with men, who would never step foot in there any other time of year.
What I don’t love is all the consumerism and advertisements that make us think we need more stuff. The Christmas season brings so much generosity and joy this time of year, but it can also bring greed and discontent. I find that sometimes I struggle with contentment and being happy with what God has blessed me with, especially this time of year. I could go on and on about the blessings God has bestowed upon me, but that is another post for another day.
In a world full of clever marketing and shiny, new things, it can be hard to be content with what we have. Sometimes we feel like we have to “keep up with the Joneses” and must have the latest and greatest. I can sometimes fall into that trap and find myself wishing for a newer car, or some new clothes because I am tired of the ones I have. Do I NEED those things? NO! But what would the neighbors think if __________? (fill in the blank). Buying _____ would impress so-and-so or make me look good in front of _____.
In actuality, that is what businesses are banking on. Humans can naturally have an insecure moment or two here and there that causes us to go out and buy something we don’t need, just to impress people who we don’t even care for. Am I the only one who has bought something I do not need to impress people I do not care about and still not been happy? We will never make everyone happy, but we do have the power to change our attitude and make God and ourselves happy.
It is a constant battle to go against what everyone else is doing because we want to feel like we “belong”. We just want to feel like we are part of a group and sometimes that means doing things that are wrong. All people want to feel like they belong to a group. We are human.
I am personally working on ways to focus on my blessings and be content with what I have. One thing I have done is create a grateful jar. I use sticky notes to write down things I am grateful for and then put them in my jar. After it gets full, or whenever the feelings of discontent creep in, I can go to my jar and read everything that I am grateful for.
Society tells us we need certain things or we have to act certain ways, but not all of these ideas are good. They may be common, but that doesn’t mean they are Godly. Everything we have been given is a gift from God. It is all his and we cannot take it with us when we leave. Let’s focus on what really matters!
Here is a GREAT video that puts it into perspective!
Thanks for reading and God Bless,