Wednesday, September 22, 2010

perspective

Some days I find myself thinking about the things I want, the things I do not have. From big to small and everything in-between - new medical bills paid, a new family-friendly vehicle, a new digital camera, a pumpkin spice latte, a new pair of jeans... the list varies somewhat, yet not too much, from day to day.  And sometimes I think of these things just in passing and move on to the task at hand quickly, and sometimes I dwell. And compare. And complain. And covet.
But then I read this.  And I also read a quote this morning that (paraphrasing here) said the opposite of poverty is not wealth.  The opposite of poverty is having enough.
And I am reminded of the times I visited people literally living in the garbage dumps in Venezuela.  And I remember watching my friend give a little girl a drink from her own water bottle in Nicaragua.  And I remember the songs of the people in both countries.  And I think of last night, hearing the testimonies of the ladies brought out of drug and alcoholism, and how they sang, too.
And my list seems silly now.




"A devout life does bring wealth, but it's the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that's enough." 1 Timothy 6:6-7 (MSG)

11 comments:

  1. We all need to have our perspective...adjusted sometimes...we have so much to be thankful for. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post....you have a beautiful heart! :-)

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  2. riches don't stop you from wanting more.. there will always be more.. it's like chasing infinity

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  3. I had to chuckle at your list. Medical bills and pumpkin spice latte. Isn't that so like us? The wants/needs, from big to little, from little to big. I don't think you're silly, though, and I don't think God thinks so, either. I think He understands us, just where we are. And just wants us to rest in Him. And sometimes He even hands over that pumpkin spice latte, just for a special treat, and that's okay, too. A blessing.

    But I know what you mean about finding that contentment. Lord grant us eyes to see the gifts in the everyday. I'm trying to see, but I need His help... especially when I'm sick.

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  4. i, too, feel this tension, this war-at-self. i forget about things for a while, then something shiny or spectacular comes along, and i feel my worth in THAT... ugh.
    i have a girlfriend who quotes mary poppins: enough is as good as a feast, and i think that is what you say in that line about poverty's opposite being enough. and He is, isn't he? but i love pumpkin latte grace, b/cs i think that's there too.

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  5. "The opposite of poverty is having enough." It is so easy for many of us to forget that, living in a culture of acquiring "stuff". Enough, enough, enough...is plenty...plenty to be grateful for.

    gentle steps

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  6. Brings life into perspective...oh, to be content.

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  7. I love that line about what it means to be truly rich...having enough. Found you at Imperfect Prose Thursdays!

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  8. love that you point out the opposite being having enough...how true...and sometimes our desires do seem silly. i imagine he still wants o hear them though...smiles.

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  9. This is so true, and a good reminder - I love the definition of poverty, since all too often wealth becomes a form of poverty. But at the same time, would you agree that there is a wide and important space between barely-enough, and enough-to-have-and-also-share-with-others?

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  10. i am crying.

    there is such truth in your words. oh, to truly understand this backward kingdom Jesus calls us to... thank you, for helping me ... what an honest, well written post. love and peace to you. e.

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  11. oh, me too! i have this list of discontent. then i read ann's posts. now i'm thanking God for sleeping in peace, without fear of being washed away. i'm thankful that rain doesn't bring fear. i'm thankful for clean clothes, clean water and abundant food. suddenly my life goes from being filled with lack to overfilled with abundance. the change in perspective is drastic.

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