Yesterday my family and I visited Cincinnati Homearama. Homearama is an annual Cincinnati event that showcases some of the most beautifulest custom built new homes at a single site that are fully furnished, decorated, landscaped and feature the latest in building trends, technology and interior design. And let me just tell you about these homes.... they were absolutely breathtaking. From under ground tunnels that led into “Grandma’s House” (yes, a Grandmothers house!), to spacious bedrooms, sunken movie theaters, secret doors that led to more gorgeous rooms and much more. & let’s just take a moment of silence for the decor that my eyes encountered.
I found myself asking God, "would my family and I ever have something like this?". Would we be fortunate enough to build and design our dream home one day? "Come on Lord, just tell me exactly what we have to do to get one of these bad boys". Surprisingly, I wasn’t the only one who was beginning to covet over the material things that our eyes were seeing. After the last house London with a stern voice screech out, “I want this house. Daddy and Mommy, I want to move into this house! Can you buy it? I don’t want to go back to our house. I want to live in this one!" London was quickly turning into Violet Beauregarde from Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and as much as I didn't want to admit it. London and I were experiencing the same feelings. The only difference between her and I was that she was bold enough to speak verbally what my heart was feeling.
Coveting- desiring something we don't have- is a dangerous trap for people both poor and rich. See, we serve a God that knows the heart of man and also the intent of the heart (1 Chronicles 28:9). God knew that a heart that starts to covet is a heart that no longer focuses on Him, but looks inwardly. Now I can only speak for myself but I can tell you for sure that my heart begin to lose focus. I wanted everything that my eyes could see but not realizing that God has already given me everything that my heart needed.
You may not be working at the job that you desire but at least you have the ability to get up every morning (or night) and head to A job. You may not be living in your dream house but at least you have a roof to live up under. You may have not found your Prince Charming or your Queen from Zamunda but guess what, you're still on this earth which means you still have time and to be completely honest, you don't need someone to make you complete. Be content with what God has given you in this very moment.
Seriously, it is time for us to take inventory of all of the amazing things that God has given us! Like your life, your health, your family, your friendships and much more. This week lets earnestly practice the art of appreciation. I know it can be hard sometimes but try to keep in mind that there are people who don't even have what you have and are praying for some of the things that you and I may take for granted.
Craig Groeschel said it best, "The right perspective changes everything. When all you can think of is what you want to complain about, you can be pretty miserable and ungrateful. But when you shift your focus, your heart changes. Instead of being poisoned by ingratitude, you're transformed by gratitude and contentment.
As London was wrapping up her complaints and wants also known as covetousness I turned to her and said, "We will be content in what God has given us at this very moment."