“We may as well face it: the whole level of spirituality among us is low. We have measured ourselves by ourselves until the incentive to seek higher plateaus in the things of the Spirit is all but gone… [we] have imitated the world, sought popular favor, manufactured delights to substitute for the joy of the Lord and produced a cheap and synthetic power to substitute for the power of the Holy Ghost.”—A.W. Tozer
Yesterday I had coffee with one of the most selfless woman I know. Seriously everytime I walk away from a hangout, or even just a chat with her I feel so inspired to change the world! (as cheesy and weird as that may sound.. it’s true!)
Amanda is so awesome. Any one who knows her will back me up on this one. But yesterday she reminded me of something so simple, and so prevelant in our world (especially right now, with it being Christmas season). How incredibly materialistic we are as a first world country. (& yet.. we carry a large amount of people who are stuck in living conditions similar to that of a 3th world country) One of the things that really showcases this is Pinterest. I couldn’t even tell you how many hours I spend on this website, scrolling endlessly through the hundreds of beautiful outfits, DIY activities/crafts, delicious-looking foods, etc etc. Seriously.. it’s bad. But something I never really stopped to think about, is the fact that essentially, I am pinning a bunch of things on my “boards” that I WANT. Things that are absolutely non-essential to my existance, and yet so many of us find it fun to post, basically, a wish list for material items we want either now, or eventually in our lifetime. Looking at this in a perspective such as this just opened my eyes. (I’m not posting this hoping that people will feel convicted for having a pinterest account AT ALL, heck, I will probably still be keeping mine - just maybe changing a few of the things it currently looks to stand for). I realized when all is said and done, even though I may not actually be buying any of these items, what good is lusting after an image of a piece of wardrobe, or a beautiful brand name bag on my computer screen?!
Another friend of mine right now is on an extended missions trip-type thing in Mozambique. She rarely has access to internet, but when she does she always sends an update to a bunch of her friends (most of us who are safely in our homes throughout various provinces). Ever since I’ve been receiving these updates (since approx. October of this year), I find I’m constantly reading, and re-reading them a few times, because I just love hearing about all the incredible things God is so miraculously doing over there. But each time, I walk away from it, feeling super useless.
Something that really struck me in her last update, was when she asked for prayer as she returns home to Canada again in January. (A lot of times it’s painful for people to return to the American culture after having been in such a different environment for so long). My heart dropped the most when I read this:
I know I have a loving family to come home to which is a huge blessing but I really have no idea how I’m going to react to going home and seeing more food for our pets than most people have for their children here.
BAM. ouch. It felt like a punch in the stomach. & it’s so freakin true. Here I am, opening my somewhat stocked refrigerator day after day, complaining that the one luxury item I’m looking for isn’t there. I’m using this punch in the stomach that I felt, to try to transform my life a little bit. & what a great time to do it, when the malls will be stuffed with people, and the sale-ticketed items will be marked down lower than ever! BRING IT ON. Even more of a challenge :) But I choose to accept it.
Materialism is taking over our country. If you don’t think so, go to the mall this coming saturday, and find out for yourself. Hopefully by choosing to spend less money on myself, and not dwelling on material items I wish I owned, I can spend more time thinking about how my little, insignificant self can do something big with the help of my God who can move mountains.
If you kinda felt a bit of a punch in the stomach, I challenge you also to try to stop conforming to the patterns of this world (Romans 12:2). With a enough young, insignificants, I think big things can definitely happen. kb.