Friday, August 24, 2012
First world problems, I know. There are people with real problems and here I am complaining about luxury items - small inconveniences when you look at the big picture. Today I realized that I'm really just spoiled - I have come to expect air conditioning when on a long, hot trip. I have come to expect transportation and always having two cars available. I have come to expect a new computer, even though I have 2 other backups. I have come to expect shades on my windows (we woke up one morning and they were on the ground, broken). We have come to expect so many things, and when those things let us down, we go into a tailspin. It shows how much of our happiness revolved around stuff, and how easily we let these things affect our mood, our outlook, our relationships, and more.
This is also how the consumer mentality begins, and how easy it is to get into debt if we don't stop our thoughts and just learn to be content.
I read this post by Tiffany Noth yesterday, and it came at just the right moment. I rarely have time to read blogs anymore, but when I do, I love when they speak directly to something my heart needs to hear.
Then I read this post by Daniel Parkins, and it reminded me to be thankful for what I have - my health and my family. My struggles are incomparable to what some are called to walk through.
In three days we will be in Yosemite, marveling at God's creation - and everything will fall into place. His creation has a way of doing that to our outlook on life. Lord, help me to find that perspective here in this place, and not just when I get away from it all.