I want a Nintendo DS....I have for a few months! A little pocket gadget that I can play brain games on - or even better - SCRABBLE! I keep looking at them & then I saw this weekend, the NEW Nentendo DSI came out... stop the press! I dont want that puny regular old-fashioned game now - I gotta have the NEW ONE!
Anyone else feel that same way about something they want? You want something so badly & before you can even get it, the newest version comes out & you gotta have that - & then the next & the next....its an endless cycle.
Then I read in the book by Max Lucado "Six Hours One Friday" a statement that really hit home. Especially in the times that our country is in right now - the state of our economy.
"You cry over spilled champagne"
Before you say - HUH? - think about it! We, in our country, get so upset over the benefits of our life, not the essentials - over the frills, not the basics!
We even take a look at our blessings & think of them as problems! Like a car.... when it breaks down, I will complain & grumble... but think about the family that has to walk miles beyond miles to get anywhere!
We get stuck in an airport & complain about being late to a destination.... when we are so blessed to be able to see our loved ones in a few hours instead of weeks or months of travel!
We complain about having to go to the grocery store (Yeah, this is totally me right here) because it takes too long, or its too crowded - when some people would give ANYTHING to have a selection of food!
Or we want a bigger house when there are people who are living in tents & shelters that provide no air or warmth....
Or we need new clothes because last years are out of date when people just want something to cover their bodies....
Gratitude - its being MORE aware of what you have then what you DONT have!
I'm the most guilty here! When I read just those 5 words - it hit me.... I need to really start looking at what I'm complaining about!
I need to be even more thankful to God for the blessings he has bestowed on me.
Am I the only one feeling the conviction here? Do you think we realize how Blessed we are?