As a child, I loved to visit my granny in Belfast, Northern Ireland. My mum and I would spend several weeks at her house most of my summers growing up. She lived in a traditional row house on a cobbled stone street not far outside the city center. The building was a small bungalow that lacked many of the modern-day conveniences. Granny’s house lacked an indoor bathroom. However, she did have an outhouse in the back garden area. In addition, we bathed using a bucket of hot water boiled on the stove-top. It felt like a step back into history every time I visited this simpler life. My granny remained in that house until her passing in 1975.
The Simpler Life
One of my favorite memories revolved around the daily delivery of milk. Early each morning, I awoke to the clop, clop, clop of horse hooves coming down the lane. The clank, clank, clank of the glass bottles rattling echoed into my room, signaling the milkman was near. Granny retrieved the fresh milk quickly before the birds could peck through the top. They liked to savor the cream. She carefully placed the bottles underneath the dining table to keep them cold since she had no refrigerator. These sweet memories act as a balm to my soul.Our life is about what we do with what God has given us. Click To Tweet
Sometimes, these memories of this simpler life feel like a dream world. It is hard to imagine that a mere thirty years ago, people lived without fridges and indoor plumbing in Europe. Now, electronics and modern technology dominate our world. Even when we visit faraway lands like Nepal and Myanmar, we find cell phones and computers everywhere. Families can barely afford to put food on the table, but they find ways to own the latest and greatest cell phone.
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”Luke 12:15.
The Christian Life
The above verse reminds me not to focus on my stuff. The Christian life is not about how much I own. Instead, it is about what I do with what God has given me. God gives us choices in life. For example, we can choose only to indulge our desires, or we can use some of our resources to reach out to help others. There is nothing wrong with buying things. However, we just need to remember to share with those in need. God blesses those who provide for the needy. As seen in Proverbs 11:25, “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” Our world is full of needs, what can we do to help someone today?
Dearest Jesus. Help me to remember that things do not provide happiness. Teach me to give out of the abundance you grant me. All I have comes from you, so I want to use it for Your glory. Amen.
Yvonne M. Morgan, author, blogger, and speaker.
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
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