“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” – Romans 12:2
Our little Mav is really growing fast. Seeing Maverick grow up so quickly before our eyes makes me think about us growing in God’s eyes. There is a point where we quit maturing and growing physically (at least “up”, not so much “out” lol), but I don’t believe that anyone ever stops growing spiritually, emotionally or intellectually if they so choose. One of the key factors, at least in my opinion, to this continual maturity is responsibility. Do we take responsibility? Are we responsible for our thoughts, words and actions?
There is a problem that I’ve been noticing more and more lately, and I suppose it stems back to the beginning of time… It’s an attitude that is not grateful or content. I personally find it very difficult to have pity for someone who complains about what they don’t have. Many start having financial problems because they are in competition with the “Jones”, and Facebook only exasperates the issue. They get a new car, and then you have to go in debt to get a new car. They get a 4K Television… you have to finance a 4K Television. They get a new home, now you need to remodel your entire house. They get pregnant, now suddenly you want a child but are in no way ready (physically, mentally, spiritually or financially). You see where they want to go on vacation because they’ve been planning and saving and then you suddenly want to go there. They get engaged, and now you have to get married before they do. They get a pet, so now you start buying animals or posting your pets (that you’ve neglected for years but suddenly they are important again). The list goes on and on and on… I do not have pity for people who choose to live this way. I especially do not have pity for those who complain about not having this or that because they are in the financial hole they dug for themselves (credit line after credit line…). A lack of responsibility started them down a road littered with signs promising they could go out to buy what they couldn’t afford in the first place and make low, low monthly payments. All of this, because others were posting either their hard earned or easily financed “stuff” on Facebook. If you end up buying everything that everyone posts online that you want you are going to never get out from that financial chokehold because enough will never be enough. You are finding your moment of satisfaction from “stuff” in the world fades away into the past quickly. Rather, I suggest reading the Bible to find what God wants to show you about how to manage and use the money that he has given you stewardship over. (We’ll dive into that another time). The lack of responsibility that I see in my generation (Millenials as we’re labeled) scares me. I see Facebook being a huge part of this because so many people are relying on it and comparing their lives to others. I am seriously convinced that the healthiest relationships I see with my own eyes today are the ones you see in real life and not plastered all over Facebook. They are busy living and not “liking”. Why are people spending minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and even years making their lives like someone else’s and not what God is wanting for them?
Recently, God blessed us with a puppy that we introduced last week named Maverick. We have been planning on a family dog since we got engaged because we knew one day we would be married. My husband loved German Shepherd’s and I loved Husky’s or wolf pups and we would send each other pictures back and forth while as we planned for our future. We couldn’t have a puppy when we rented the first 2 years or so of marriage and we prayed and saved every nickel and dime for our little blessing. It’s amazing how God outdid himself for our little puppy and how it all fell into place. So what does having a new puppy have to do with Facebook and responsibility? How I see it, puppies aren’t something you can just buy for a couple of Facebook posts. Too many times in my life I have seen people buying an animal just because so and so bought one or because they wanted to keep up with the “Jones’”. I had one dog in my life before Maverick, and to this day I miss him so much. God blessed Jason and I with this new pup and I know it was God’s will because he’s exactly the little guy we were looking for, we love him so much and we are in a financially stable position where we can afford to raise a dog correctly. We have the time to raise him properly with obedience training because he is a dog that will surely need this. I can’t tell you how upset I was when I was recently talking to a lady who takes in dogs that have been neglected or abused and trains them to be fit for other homes. The previous owners did not realize the commitment they had to make to their dog and failed their dog. They neglected and lacked responsibility which ended up hurting an innocent animal. That also goes on today with many innocent human lives (another topic for another time). I am learning that people who need to have what others have find themselves overly stressed, ungrateful, and working from paycheck to paycheck to buy stuff that never quite leaves them completely satisfied. They go beyond their means and expect others and the society to have pity on them. The answer is simple if you can’t get through life without wanting what others have. You need to find God and read the manual he gave us through the prophets, disciples and apostles of old. If you do not, it is so easy to keep looking to this world for “stuff” to fulfill your desires rather than working to give back to God, give to others, meet the needs of your family and yourself and saving to enjoy what you have earned. It’s a lot easier to get to sleep being thankful for what you have than worrying about how to pay for what you just bought that you can not afford.