When was the last time you just sat back and basked in the fact that you had enough stuff? A long time? Me, too. It seems no matter how much we have, some of us are never satisfied and only want more. We are a generation of those who love their stuff. The more the merrier. The larger the better.IMG_9687_1_1

We grumble until we get a larger house so we’ll have more room. Then we look around at all the open space and decide we need more furniture to fill that empty space. Maybe you need a larger television because the other looks so small over that nice big fireplace. Even worse, we go to a friend’s house, see what they have, and decide we want something similar.

It appears quite a few of us are never happy with what we have. Yet it’s God who has blessed us with our stuff. And how often do we not take care of what He has given us? Are you a renter? Did you know that renters are more prone to destroy the property their living in than someone who owns it? If you want God to give you your own home or something larger, you need to take care of what He’s put you in charge of already.

And we should be happy with what God has blessed us with instead of wanting more. Luke 12:15 states, And He said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” No matter how much you have, you can’t take it with you when you go. And it only accumulates dust in the end.

P1030017Every item God gives you is something you must take care of. And the more you have, the more you are charged with caring for. Too many people dream of the bigger house with the beautiful landscape, yetthey hate to mow their own yards much less trim the hedges and edge. They want the large five-bedroom house, yet barely vacuum the floors in the three-bedroom home they already own.

And don’t forget, the more you have, the more you risk losing if you are never content. Keep complaining about what God has already given you, and He might decide to take it for someone else.

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Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness. – Pearl S. Buck

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We should be happy with all the blessings God has given us today and not look forward to what “could be” tomorrow. Too often the things we dream of owning never come to be. And by only dreaming, you can never really be happy.

So fill yourself with God’s joy and thank Him for all He has given you. Every item from the torn sock in the drawer to the drippy faucet in the bathroom are blessings. There are some who have no faucet, much less running water. Sometimes we all need a reality check.

The nicest thing we can say to God when we pray today is “Thanks for all you’ve given me. I have more than enough.”

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A lot of people complain about the younger generation. They use generalizations like “these kids are lazy, selfish, and only sit around playing video games all day.”  That might be true of some children, but what I see are those that are generous, smart, and kids who want to help others.  Let me introduce you to a couple:

First there’s nine-year-old Lauren Petty who has to use a wheelchair. She has spent several times in the hospital for various health issues. With the help of a GoFundMe page, she collected money and stuffed animals to give to the kids at the hospital. This is a child who has a reason to complain or to sit around in front of a computer screen. Instead, she helps others. If you’d like to see more, go to http://www.gofundme.com/InspiredByLauren.

Have you heard about fourteen-year-old Damon Williams? You soon will. He’s an investor who is worth approximately fifty thousand dollars. Yes, fourteen-years-old. When I was fourteen, the last thing I was thinking about was the stock market. John-Paul Pigeón is another fourteen-year-old investor who lives in Texas. He’s also a motivational speaker. You can see John-Paul’s story at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuE0Rgg8Pr0 or watch Damon’s below:

 

 

And while the other kids were playing, these kids from a Staten Island elementary school spent time learning a song so they could serenade their teacher who has cancer. If you choose to check out the video, you might want to make sure you have tissue handy. http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/tears-flow-kids-serenade-teacher-fighting-cancer/story?id=32621333

What is the difference between these children and those who get into trouble? Most of the time, it comes down to parenting. Proverbs 22:6 states, Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Raise your kids in the way of Jesus, and most of the time, they will not stray too far.

I’m ashamed to say that a lot of people in my own age group don’t have the veracity or the kindness of these children. They also seem to be the ones who grumble the most about the next generation.

When you see this type of behavior from younger people, the future doesn’t appear so bleak. We need to pray that they continue to grow in their pursuits because these are the future leaders of this country. And what a country it will be if they continue on this same path.

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