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

Published in: on March 10, 2009 at 9:06 am  Comments (1)  
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Gratituesday – wisdom from parents, mentors, and other sources…

I’ve been mulling over the idea of wise parents and counselors ever since last evening. My DH and I aren’t parents yet, but we were asked to counsel with a young lady (a cousin of one of our friends). The young lady is about to leave home and “run away” to be with her boyfriend across the country. She just wants to get away from her parents and be independent and be on her own.

What a heart-wrenching saga last night as we sat around with some other married couples and discussed/ pled with the young woman to reconsider her decision! I don’t think we made much of a difference, unfortunately, because she was so headstrong and defiant. (You can pray for her if you like.)

This morning at work, because I work at a Christian ministry, we have a worship time together as staff. One of the staff members played a video with “Jesus loves me” background music showing his wife, his kids, and him playing and spending time together. His kids are so young and impressionable. I couldn’t help but imagine that the young lady last night in a similar enjoyable setting with her parents 14 or so years ago. Thinking over last night’s conversation and my own choices that I’ve made (fortunately, with God’s help, they have been wise choices), it almost brought tears to my eyes. What a contrast.

Thinking about the two contrasts and doing my own introspection, I’m truly thankful for the wise parents that I have, the amazing husband that God has blessed me with, and the opportunities that I have had to make wise choices based on God’s Word and wisdom from people with many diverse experiences.

I’m reminded of the verse in Proverbs 24:6, “… in multitude of counsellors there is safety.”

I am so thankful for parents, mentors, spiritual leaders, and the excellent examples in the Bible, from which the wise can learn!

*EDIT* Praise the Lord, I just received word that the young woman decided to stay after all and not run away (now, anyway). Please keep her in prayer as she contemplates the future!

Published in: on February 24, 2009 at 9:37 am  Comments (1)