Hello lovelies. I wanted to take a minute to encourage and remind us all to live our lives for peace within ourselves and the betterment of our earth. Do not waste your precious unknown time on this earth by trying to please people who serve no significance in your circumstances, which could be by possessing personality traits that are not a true representation or testament to your character to please or impress those around you, or by possessing material items only for the purpose of boasting and bragging to make others desire or envy you. I believe by taking part in those behaviors you depress the ability to allow yourself true happiness and contentment with life.
We must stop seeking validation through other people, We must stop seeking validation through material possession. We must stop seeking validation through forms of social media. Likes and followers don’t define who we are; our actions do. We must stop portraying ourselves as people that we are not to impress the world around us. It is not only a hinderance to your spiritual growth but a hindrance to all other beings around you.
The quote above always appears in my life when I need it most. With the holiday season here the undeniable push and expectation is to BUY BUY BUY. To ask for expensive or unnecessary gifts. It is not okay to live that way. It is not okay to expect gifts from your parents and loved ones. We (especially as Christians) should rather try to humbly receive gifts and be joyous and satisfied in whatever is given to us no matter how big or small.
FUN FACT: The average amount of credit card debt per American household is $7,100. That’s just credit card debt. Not mortgages, car loans, doctor bills, student loans, etcetera. So, it is probable that the majority of those people rushing into stores and fighting over TVs on Black Friday are paying for that TV through credit card debt; not tangible cash of their own, but money that belongs to a bank. Isn’t it creepy to know that almost all the people you come in contact with and the majority of the people you admire own only a portion of their belongings? Or that if you and your neighbor were both in the average amount of debt, you both could owe money to the same bank; meaning you are both owned by the bank, and must pay back with interest the cost of your possessions to the same company. And while you’re keeping up with the Joneses, the interest on your debt is paying for someone else’s vacation in Aspen that you cannot afford and are going to put on a credit card. WEIRD…
I have heard of parents who compete with each other on what they’re getting their children for Christmas. I have witnessed children get thousand dollar phones. I have witnessed children get thousand dollar laptops, hundred dollar shoes, hundred dollar backpacks, tablets, game systems, TVs. Items made in sweatshops around the world by women and children. Factories that produce luxury, entertainment, and joy for some, while denying other people a basic level of human rights. People who have had their childhood taken away and who do not receive the opportunity of a basic education to escape the conditions in which they are suffering. It is apparent that in our world someone has to pay for our greed. They have to pay with their poverty, with their quality of life. How disgusting is it that we expect the underpaid and underrepresented men, women, and children who do not have the time, the resources, or the education to stand up and demand fair wages, safe working conditions, and basic labor laws. How can they be expected change their circumstances? We must start speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves. I understand how hard it is to get to the bottom of where the things you buy come from and to support bad business without knowledge. I am not proposing that you become perfect and never shop again. I just want us all to be aware. I want us to try harder, and if it’s not enough, continue to try harder and harder until there is justice. We must start speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.
In my short twenty-one years of life I have seen orphans. I have seen children dirty, bare foot, and without clean drinking water and food to eat. I have seen children denied the right of education in other countries and in our own, I have seen poverty. I have stayed in a home where parts of the house had no roof to keep out the rain. I have seen wealth, and I have seen false wealth created by debt. I was comparatively raised in wealth. I still, as a twenty one year old, freely christian, interracially married, organic eating, world traveling ,vegan, college student, and a minority in race and gender, am wealthier than most people in the ENTIRE world. Let’s say you are working at the mall for 9.11 an hour for a 20 hour work week. You’re making $9474. That puts you are in the top 16.5% of richest people in the world. You are making 9.11 an hour while the average labourer in Ghana makes 0.08 an hour. You make $9474 a year. It would take the average worker in Ghana 11 years to earn the same amount. It will take you 7 minutes to make enough to purchase a coca-cola while in Indonesia it would take two hours to earn enough for one coke. Your monthly income alone could pay the salary of of 41 doctors in Kyrgyzstan. Please ponder on that.
Most importantly seeking validation through this world will only leave you unsatisfied, unfulfilled, and unhappy. Only by seeking validation through the Lord will your cup be overflowed. God will fill your life with purpose. He will lift you up. Instead of spending your days working to pay for all your possessions that you may or may not truly be able to afford, work every day to glorify our God. Remember though that God never promised us happiness. Happiness is in the present moment and is temporary, but God did give us a way to seek joy and peace through his word and his promise (John 16:33) “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” I encourage us all to sacrifice that new bag, sacrifice those shoes, that make up, or those jeans, or one of the abundant luxuries you may have in your life to help someone less fortunate. I encourage us all to pray for those in poverty, to pray for all the refugees due to warfare. Pray that you may have the strength to give more and have less. Pray for your enemies and pray for those that make you feel less than them. I promise giving your life to God and receiving the everlasting reward of love and acceptance in heaven is worth the humility on this earth.
Deuteronomy 15:7-11 If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you, and you be guilty of sin. You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
1 Timothy 6:10 – For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
1 Corinthians 2:12 – Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Matthew 6:19-21 – Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal
Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Luke 12:33 – Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
James 5:1-20 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.
Love and Light