Archive | February, 2015

We All Want What We Ain’t Got

23 Feb

I recently heard a country song. The name of that song was, “We All Want What We Ain’t Got.” The song talks about wanting a bigger house or a bigger car. Sometimes, we may even want the neighbor’s spouse or significant other. We always seem to want a better job. I know that we all seem to want more money. We don’t ever seem to be satisfied with what we have.

I know I have a bad habit of saying, “I wish I had ….” I fill in the blank in with whatever it is at that moment that I see something I think I want. I know I’m not the only one, either. I hear people all of the time saying, “I wish I had …”

It’s really a shame for any of us to say this. We are all so blessed. We are blessed overly and abundantly; even if we don’t realize it. We may think if we don’t have the best car, the best house, or the best clothes we aren’t blessed. That is so wrong.

Did you wake up this morning? Are you breathing? Can you see? Can you walk and talk? Do you have all of your arms and legs? Do you have a roof over your head, clothes on your back, shoes on your feet, and food to eat? If you answered yes to all of these questios, I can certainly tell you that you are blessed more than you realize.

We all know how cold it has been the last week or so. We have had a record winter with record snow falls and freezing temperatures. “Jack Frost” is still trying to blow the last of his breath right here at the end.

I was watching the Memphis news the other day. The news reported a story of a homeless man that had slept outside all night because he didn’t have anywhere else to go. The man had to go to the hospital due to hypothermia. I don’t know if that elderly gentleman made it or not. It was really sad.

We all sit in our warms homes. It doesn’t matter if it’s an apartment, a house, a trailer or what. We do have security from the cold outside. So, why are we saying, “I wish I had that house.”?

I was studying Ecclesiastes 6 earlier. As I was studying it, I realized that Ecclesiastes 6 was about this exact thing. The writer of Ecclesiastes 6 said to accept what you have, enjoy what you have, and enjoy what you have TODAY. (Warren Weirsbe)

This is so true. We need to accept what we have. So what if you don’t have the best looking house in the neighborhood? We need to enjoy what we have. Why are we so ashamed if we don’t have what seems to be the “biggest” and “best.”? We should definitely enjoy what we have TODAY. We all know that none of us are promised another day. In a blink, everything can change. So, enjoy what you have. It’s the reason why God gave it to us in the first place.

I’m not saying it’s bad to try to better yourself. Don’t move from one place for awhile; then decide I wish I had something bigger or better. You get the bigger and better house-or so you thought. You get a even bigger and even better house than the one before. You’re still not satisfied. After awhile, you realize that nothing can satisfy you. So, be thankful what you do have.

When I write, I’m writing not only to my audience; I’m writing to myself, too. I am trying to do better about this. I’m trying to get my husband to do this also. We all know what God gives He can also take away. (Book of Job). Let’s remember to be thankful for everything we have and do our best to use it for the glory of God.

By: Christina R. Blaney