We’ve been looking at houses with land online. From acres of woods with a small clearing and a barn, to the formal drive and majestic oaks leading to the house of our dreams, we’ve been looking…again.
We get this itch every few months. We desire to move away from the city and enjoy the great outdoors. When we visit my inlaws’ place – a dream to us – we imagine what it would be like to own something so perfect. We make the plans, start the search, crunch the numbers, build the dream…then…we go to church.
Do you know what our pastor had the gall to speak about today? The secret of contentment (I guess the title gave that one away). We are at the end of the book of Philippians where Paul states,
“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
I wanted to affirm my agreement by saying “amen!” but could not choke out the word. Here we go again, thinking through our responsibility of being one of those who have plenty.
I have seen other countries, I have done some traveling, I know how other people live with much less. When we first came home from England we could not believe the overabundance of America. We made all kinds of pledges to one another – we don’t need a VCR, there’s no need for a walk-in closet full of clothes, we can make due without eating out two times a week, one car is plenty for a family to own, that’s too much square footage for three people. We had learned to live with less and had enjoyed our time overseas. But, even with all our ‘pledges’, it didn’t take long before we had bought the VCR and began looking for a home with a pool. When is enough, enough?
I want to be satisfied and give my money to missions. Really! I do. Amazing things are happening around the world with the spreading of the gospel. I want to help pay for some Jewish people to make aliyah. I want to support more children through World Vision. I want to sponsor indigenous pastors in Asia, give relief to the martyrs, buy goats and grain for the people in need, help to rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina…and…I want that house with the massive oaks.
To whom much is given, much is required.
Lord, take my desires and make them Yours. Let me see the world through Your eyes. Forgive my yearning for more. Help me see others’ needs before my wants. I am weak, You are strong. I can do all things through You Who gives me strength. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.