I was reading a great post over at Melissa's lovely blog this morning. It was by Meagan Francis of The Happiest Mom. I have never read her blog before, but what she spoke about had me nodding in agreement and got my brain going.
In our culture, we get the message that we must have more, be more, do more....
Our homes, our lives, our clothes, our blogs must be a certain way or we certainly can't be happy or satisfied with it all.
We are some of the world's wealthiest people. Our poorest people here have so much more than many folks around the world.
A few years back, my younger girls and I were talking at bedtime. I regularly climb on their bed at night and we talk for a while before I pray with them. This particular night they were talking about how they wanted their own bedrooms, etc. I listened for a while - it's okay for a kid to dream - but when the tone got 'poor me-ish', I said, "Hold on! Let's just think about all that you have. In fact, you have so much, it is spilling out onto your floor!"
I proceeded to have the each say three things they had that were a blessing, not a need. Now often when I pray with them I start out thanking God for all we have and I make a list:
A warm and cozy home.
Food to eat.
Clean water to drink.
Water than we can access by turning on a faucet. We didn't have to walk to creek and bring it back by the bucket full.
A bed with a mattress.
The cushy 2 inch memory foam on the bed.
Books to read.
Stories and music to listen to.
We have so much more than we need, or deserve and I want to remember and I want my children to remember to be THANKFUL and to know who it comes from.
Making our list at least once a week helps us to keep it all in perspective. It helps me to be grateful.
When I read other blogs and see the amazing houses, or fantastic gardens, I can truly enjoy them and be inspired by them, but I am not envious, because God has been teaching my heart to rejoice and give thanks for what I have.
It is so much more than we need.