Every time I get off the thruway on my way home from work I'm reminded about how incredibly blessed I am. Nine times out of ten there's a person who's homeless standing at the street corner with a sign asking for food, or money, or prayers. I can't help but feel slightly guilty as I look over at my passenger seat to see my purse, Apple products, and empty lunch bag.
I feel guilty because despite what I have, I often want more.
I have wonderful people in my life who love me.
I have a roof over my head, clothes, and food.
I have a car.
I have a job and an income.
I have the sacraments readily available to me.
I have everything I need.
We all have a different cross, and I know that God doesn't want me to feel guilty for the things I have. He wants me to be grateful and to use what I have to glorify Him.
But this time of year I especially feel that pull inside of me for more. More clothes, more electronics . . . more, more, more. Just a hunch – but this may be directly related to the increase of holiday sales advertisements.
It's not that shopping is bad. Sales are one of the ways God loves me. I just have to be careful to use the money I have wisely. Do I really need that pair of heels in the same color I already own? Or do I need that throw pillow that spends more time being thrown to the floor than it does on my bed? Probs not.
The truth is that buying more 'things' is so silly in the grand scheme of life. What's the point in having a Louis Vuitton bag if nothing matters except getting my soul to heaven? It's as pointless as buying Twinkies for hundreds of dollars when Little Debbie makes the SAME THING for less than $2. Think about it.
The point is:
I have everything I need. Do you?
Let's pray for each other.
Forgive us all for not appreciating the blessings in our lives. Give me the wisdom to know what to buy, and the self-control to leave behind what I shouldn't. Help me to be compassionate and not judgemental toward those who are less fortunate. Teach my heart to care more about gaining eternal life in heaven than about gaining more material things. Amen.