Saturday, May 26, 2012


How much is enough?

How much money is enough?  How nice of a car do I really need?  Do I need a car at all?  How nice of a vacation?  How nice of clothes? Etc.

We Americans sure spend a lot of time chasing the almighty dollar, and worrying about it when we think that we don’t have enough.  Is the problem that we don’t have enough, or is the problem that we want too much?  I remember in one of my visits to  Russia, I met a young man who asked me how many cars I owned.  After I answered that, he asked me if we owned a helicopter.  Ha ha!  By watching TV, he had learned that many Americans own helicopters.

What are we learning from our society?  From our TV shows?  To want more and more or to be content?  Clearly the message of Jesus is about learning to be content. 

How might my life change for the better if I started to want less.  Less meals out.  Less new clothes.  Less shopping in general.  Less buying, less worry, less striving, more peace.

Peace.  The words of Jesus.  Peace be unto you.

It’s a beautiful day in God’s world, be sure to see the good.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You bring up a great point, in discussing the friend you met in Russia. When the U. S. introduces American lifestyles dto other countries(the movies that come out of Hollywood, the overconsumption in material things, the overindulgence in food, the sloppy way people dress, and on an on) I'm not sure we're introducting them to a way of life worthy of emulating.