I know that it is common to think about only what we can do for ourselves. What if everyone on the planet did one something everyday that was entirely for someone else? What if there was nothing in it for you, but you did it to make someone else smile? What would you do?
I understand the idea of take care of yourself first, don’t get me wrong. However, is taking care of yourself buying a $2,000 purse? If the answer is yes, than I am not here to tell you that you are wrong. I believe that you need to celebrate your successes and God even says be proud of your success. Here is the point I am trying to make, I think? What if we all stopped before we bought something expensive that we didn’t need, but wanted, and asked ourselves the hard questions.
- Am I buying this because I believe it will make me happy?
- Am I buying this because Susan down the street has one and she looks happy and maybe I am trying to keep up with her because what will she think if I don’t have something as nice as her? I would assume Susan’s last names is Jones.
- If this item cost $2000, what good could I do for someone that I know is in need right now instead of buy this item?
- Would I regret holding off on buying this item and doing good for someone who’s in need?
These are difficult questions to ask ourselves and to be honest with ourselves is really hard, I know! What if we chose not to buy every 3rd expensive want that is not a need and helped someone else instead? What an impact that would have on others right? I have done this before too, so I am not judging. Sometimes we think, well we can just slide under the radar because others in need don’t know I spent $2000 on something that I convinced myself I needed, but desperately just wanted for possibly the wrong reasons. We can look at the back of our closets and see these glorified objects that are reminders of a time we were trying to impress someone, dress like the person we wanted others to think we are, impulse buys to fill the empty unworthy feeling we were having at one point in time. Some of these items have the names of people who broke our hearts.
Don’t you want to sell John, Bill, Mike, and that idiot I liked “whats his name?” I always think of creative reasons to get rid of things.
My point is, USE THINGS WE NEED AND LOVE PEOPLE. Not use people and love things, which is a whole different post I need to write now.
Are people in this world suffering when others can help? Absolutely! I do not know why people do not care about others more, but it’s a problem. Humans, people, living and breathing people are suffering and hungry, and out of sight, out of mind. That doesn’t have to be the case if we
Do small things with great love. Mother Theresa
I am not claiming to be in the same boat as Mother Theresa, she’s a saint. Obviously, I am just a person who cares about others. We can learn from these amazing people in history. She didn’t have money, she gave love. Maybe that is you, maybe you can give love and not money. But everything that has a price tags comes with a price, and I can’t say what that price is. I am simply sharing my thoughts. I believe in loving others well.