Material Girl

I am home sick today. I am no stranger to all things "head cold", I have always had allergies, BAD allergies, so this is nothing new, but I still hate the scratchy throat, head full of snot and the feeling of being on medication.

SO, while my family is serving and worshiping at The Baton Rouge Dream Center today I am at home watching CNN, reading blogs, and longing for a new couch. I received a new Rooms to Go flier in the mail the other day, they have some cheap couches in there, I want one.

It doesn't take a long time being back from Ethiopia to start wanting "stuff" again. Heck, this is stinkin Sodom and Gomorrah, even in an economic crisis the malls are full, men find money for an eyebrow waxing and pedicures are still the rage.

I try not to "want" what I don't need, to be happy for what I have, wonder Lot thought the righteous thing to do was to offer his daughters to the men who wanted to sleep with the Angels,(Genesis 19) his morals were corrupted, so are mine.

No, I am not having a pity party nor am I looking for a "it's ok to want stuff.." comment. I am just saying I struggle with the balance of it all. I love furniture and clothes. They have always been my weakness. I'm not saying everyone should feel guilty about spending money on Material items, I am just saying I have to be responsible for what I know.

The truth is I don't dream of material possessions. I don't dream of one day owning a huge house, one day making this or that amount of money, etc. I really don't dream like that. I see huge houses, big cars, and $500.00 designer purses and want to vomit at the excess.

What I do dream and pray for is that my children will never love Material possessions, that they will guard their hearts in this Material world and give their love and heart to HIM, the one who meets all our needs and fills all our longings better then any material possession ever cold.


Anonymous said…
Carole, this post reminded me of my favorite quote-- we too often love things and use people when we should love people and use things. I keep it as one of my mantras.

Hope you get to feeling better soon!
Anderson Crew said…
Carole you are not alone, I can look at our tupperware box FULL of little people toys and think what a waste and go to the store and see a "cute new one" we don't have and think about buying is a constant tightrope of balance...I am right there with you, looking for that balance..

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