When having the best, is still not good enough…
My eyes popped open, still yelling the words. My heart raced, as I quickly shot up from my pillow. The sun shined through my window, casting a beam of light into my eyes. Squinting, I searched the room around me. The clock on my dresser flashed 7:23 AM. The dog lay ever so peacefully in the corner, on her pillow. The sound of the garbage truck coming down the street could be heard outside my window. Sitting there a moment longer, I leaned forward and glanced into the door way of the bathroom. My outdated, blue-tiled shower suggested I hadn’t signed up for a bathroom or kitchen remodel after all. For a split second, sadness filled me, as I had longed to have the best of the best. I made my way to the corner of the bed and slowly put on my bathrobe. Still adjusting to the bright morning sun, I made my way down the stairs and into the kitchen. There they lined my walls, my old outdated cabinets. Sure, we had replaced the knobs last year, but twenty years worth of wood still hung from the ceiling. I reached for a coffee mug, brushing my arm against the counter top. Tan, gold, cream? I still don’t know what color category it falls into, but either way, it too is twenty years old.
As my coffee filled, I leaned against the old counter top and looked around. Thinking back to my dream, I envisioned the smoky-colored granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and tile flooring. Cherry wood cabinets with lighting would be the finishing touch. A nice big, country kitchen, to call my own! But, the “salesman” was right, it wouldn’t stop there. I know in time those desires would take over the bathrooms, furniture, landscape…and not because I need those things, but because I would want to have the best, like others. I picked up my coffee mug and took a slow sip. Contentment filled my heart, as a voice filled my mind, “You have more than enough.” In reality, I have more than most people ever will. Perhaps if I had the money, I would reconsider such purchases. But to go in debt, for the sole purpose of meeting others standards? Ah, no. Yet, people do it every single day. Gotta have the latest, the greatest…only to have it beaten by something even greater the following month. I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time keeping up! So, as I look around the things that I have, or don’t have, I pray for contentment.
Has the desire for worldly “things” gotten the best of you? The next time you feel the urge to make a purchase, I challenge you to first ask yourself, “Do I need it or want it, and what is my motive behind this purchase.” Key word here is: Motive. If you're buying it to show off, or to keep up with those around you, I suggest you place it back on the shelf! Don't get me wrong, it is okay to dream and want things. I mean c'mon, I long to have that house out in the country! However, it is not okay to dwell over what you don't have. Secondly, if you don't have the cash in hand to pay for it, and have to pull out your trusty credit card, I urge you to put it back on the shelf! There is something so powerful about saving money for your item. Most of the time, once I have actual cash in hand for it, I no longer have the "need" it. Funny how that works!
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)