The economy is bad now. Everyone knows that (well, except the politicians and the mainstream media). We have seen friends struggle. We, too,
There are blessings in doing without. There really are. Tim and I have built a life together. We have always strived to live within our means and we’ve really done pretty well with it. We have been creative and frugal and we are proud of and grateful for what we do have. It is not fancy but it is ours and it was earned and it was bought without putting ourselves into major debt. Our children do not expect to have everything they want in life. They are content with what they have. They can see that God’s blessings are not bought at any store and that, though their friends have a lot more toys and are involved in a lot more extra-curricular activities, they have a strong family who loves them and a ton of joy and fun in their simple lives. They do not feel they are missing out, though they do, in fact, miss out on certain things in life. (We don’t have a Wii or any Nintendo DS’s or a flat screen t.v. or memberships to any pools or organic food in the pantry or any extra-curricular activities currently or etc….) Our family really and truly is our focus in life and that is something we would not change for the world.
They say money is the root of all evil. I am not sure that is really true but money certainly can have a greater control over us than it should. Money can change our focus, change our priorities, change our values if we let it. A lack of it can fill us with worry, anxiety, and fear. A little financial struggle in life can do wonders for our perspective. It keeps us humble. It keeps us grounded. It keeps us grateful. I’m not sure why the economy is as bad as it is (nor do I even care to find out) but I do know God is using this as an amazing opportunity to teach us so much about life and about Him and about what is really important in this world. Lessons that will benefit us so much more in the long run than big bank accounts ever will….