Friday, October 8, 2010

It's All About Perspective

As women, we want nice things.  We love to shop, we love to browse online, we love to hunt for bargains.  All of those things are fun and nice and good, and I love to do all of the above!  But sometimes I get in a rut, and all I can think about are the things I don't have.  It's discouraging, and I get angry.  Angry that I don't have more money to get the things I want.  I get frustrated and wonder if it will always be like this.  But then a quiet whisper says this to my heart, "Be content with what you have."

And sometimes, when I'm looking at pictures like this:

A little voice inside reminds me of this:

And when I'm looking at pictures of bigger houses (with more than one bathroom):

I'm reminded of the family I know that has lived in a hotel room for over a year (a family of 7).

When I'm complaining that I can't go out to eat because the budget is tight:

I remember my friends who have met the kids who live at the dump, and find their dinner there:

And I am reminded of the verses that say:

"7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction." I Timothy 6:7-9 

"11I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."  Philippians 4:11-12

I am reminded to be careful that I stay thankful, and that I stay content.  So today I encourage you - whatever that thing is that you've been wanting so badly, find a way to love it and be thankful for it.  That includes me.  And my old refrigerator, and my house with one bathroom.  What will you give thanks for today?

1 comment:

  1. I give thanks today for you, Jaimie, and the fact that you are sensitive and open to hear when the Holy Spirit whispers something to you. Not only are you obedient and thankful for that little "whisper", but you never hesitate to share it with others so that they may be blessed and encouraged as well. We too have learned to be content and thankful for all we have. So today, I'm thankful for YOU, and for your willingness to always share your heart. God moves through you and ministers through you so much. I love you my friend! <3