Thursday, January 5, 2012

American Guilt.

See this?!?

Caprice Metal Bar Cart

This cart would look great in my dining room.  I have two corners in my dining room that are completely bare and really "need" something in them.  This would fit the bill perfectly!

Now, look at this.....
Outdoor Throw Pillow -- except I want the Canopy Stripe Red and Sand color

I want 5 of these pillows in the Canopy Stripe Red and Sand Color to go on the Daybed that I have on my Sun porch.  Right now, the daybed has no pillows.
It "needs" pillows.  

I want them.
I really, really want them.  

HOWEVER, I stop really short of saying I NEED them.
After looking at these and longing for them.
And being frustrated for a bit that I know we don't have the money to buy them, it struck me.

Well, God struck me.
He reminded me of all that I have.
I have a house to live in that actually has a dining room  with  a dining table and chairs to sit and eat the meals that I CAN afford to prepare for my family. 
I have a sun porch in my house.  And there is a table and chairs out there
 and a daybed for me to sit on and have my quiet time when it warm outside.
NOT to mention the other 10 rooms in my house.......

I was then reminded of the people around the world who have so very little. 
They don't have a house with 12 rooms.....They might not even have a house.
They might not even have food to feed their families.
Or electricity, or clean water,clothes to wear (much less closets overflowing with clothes) 
 or the freedom to worship as I do.

And that is when it struck me.
It's what I call American Guilt.

It is how we Americans are so wealthy compared to the rest of the world and still we want more.  I am just as guilty as the everyone else I know.  

So, today -I'm praying that the Lord would help me to be truly realize how much I really do have.
And that I would remember how much more wealthy I am than most of world.  
To not want "more stuff".

"Make sure that your character is free from the love of money {also the love of stuff!}, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, 'I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you' " (Hebrews 13:5).

  Today I have American Guilt.

I know it will continue to be a struggle for me. 
Is this a struggle for you?  

in HIM-


Susan said...

I do get American Guilt, and sometimes I need a good helping of American Guilt. And to be honest, I wish sometimes want other people to have a good dose of American Guilt.

Susan said...

On that last part, take out the word "wish"...I should have previewed that before posting :)

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

Yep, I struggle with it too. I saw a sign on Pinterest that said something like, "Remember that the stuff you currently have was once what you longed for." It's as if when I get something I've wanted, I'm off to the next want. It's a constant battle. Praying it's the year of Enough is Enough.

Thanks so much for sharing this Mindy!