According to a recent study by Pew Research Center, Americans are quite attatched to some things.

For example, in 2008,:

  • 91% of Americans say that a car is a necessity.
  • 90% of Americans believe having a clothes washer is a necessity.
  • 83% of Americans see a clothes dryer as a necessity.
  • 70% see home air conditioning as a necessity.
  • 68% are attached to their microwaves.
  • 64% couldn’t live without a TV.
  • 51% have to have their computers.
  • 49% must have a cell phone.
  • 35% think dishwashers are necessary.

As I look at this list, I’m pretty attached to some of the things on it. However, I have to stop and ask myself if it came down to it whether I could live without some of these things.

In a few months, I’m actually going to live in another country (if everything lines up as planned) – one that qualifies as a third-world country. I don’t know what I won’t be able to have on this list, but I’m beginning the mental preparations to live a simpler life without some conveniences.

What do I think of as necessary? I guess my spoiled American habits are going to be changing. I might not have the luxury of a dishwasher. I might not be able to have air conditioning in every room in a tropical environment. I might have to take public transit until we get a car. I might be living out of a suitcase until we get our stuff shipped to us.

It’s gonna be interesting. But one thing I know. God knows what I really need and what the real necessities of life are.

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” Matthew 6:25, 26

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