I’m from one of the last generations in which we were taught by our mothers to save the good china for special occasions, and the guest towels for company. In the meantime, we lived with the mismatched dishes and the natty towels we took with us when we first moved out of our parents’ home– replacing them only as absolutely necessary with equally inexpensive “every day” stuff. The theory behind it goes like this: Things used regularly will eventually break, chip, rip, and fade. However, by preserving those special items we acquired as wedding gifts, there will always be something pretty to look at, and to help make guests feel special. Sound familiar?
If you can’t relate to that one, perhaps this will resonate– See, this is the same kind of thinking that leads to “waiting for the right time” to have kids, planning to travel “someday”, or even, “when I’ve achieved my career goals, THEN I’ll give to charity…buy a home…do what I’ve always wanted to do”. Do you see the problem? If we follow this train of thought, it doesn’t take long before we begin to believe that life is about “getting by”, waiting for the next special occasion, or, from the earlier example, that maybe we don’t deserve good things. Having an ABUNDANT life becomes once again, just a nice idea. Could we ourselves be the ones who make us feel as though we’re operating out of LACK, because we’ve deemed so many things “off-limits” until Later?
I think sometimes we get lulled along into complacency and we forget– there are no guarantees that we’ll have a Later. This moment, this day, THIS is the life we’ve been given. What are we waiting for? And significantly, what if the world is waiting on us to do what we were meant to do?
Now, please don’t misunderstand. I am not advocating a willy-nilly disregard for others; I am not suggesting anyone run headfirst into debt, start a family without a plan, or impulsively quit a job to travel the world. But maybe it is time to start using the good china and recognizing your blessings. 🙂 Maybe it’s time to wrap yourself in a fluffy towel after your shower instead of that old threadbare thing, and even enjoy your favorite beverage in one of those crystal glasses that’s been waiting, behind glass. Maybe to begin entering fully into the life God promises, your participation is needed! Let’s choose not to bring the spirit of Lack upon ourselves– just getting by with the hope of Someday or Later Instead, let’s encourage one another to take reasonable action steps towards living in the Here and Now!!