“I know what it is to be in want, and I know what it is to have more than enough — in everything and in every way I have learned the secret of being full and being hungry, of having abundance and being in need.” (Philippians 4:12 The Complete Jewish Bible)
I can relate. Most of us probably can, too. But, this quote is my sentiment on owning ‘things’.
Americans love ‘things’, don’t we? We work to buy ‘things’, like to accumulate ‘things’, strive to die with the most ‘things’, and want to own enough ‘things’ to keep up with the Joneses. Maybe if the Smiths had set the standard we would value living ‘things’ above inanimate possessions?
My first husband earned a handsome wage, we had money, nice homes, clothing, a boat, a country club membership, and traveled. I had diamonds and modestly priced jewelry. My first husband was also an abuser. My children and I survived, barely.
My second husband makes a decent wage, we own a small home, each of us owns older used cars, and we have five dogs, a cat, and a fish. Instead of diamonds, he bought me dogs who are far more valuable to me than any object, piece of jewelry, fancy clothing, car, home, or boat. He loves our animals as much as I do. Is he perfect? No, and neither am I but we are far richer than anyone working to keep up with the Joneses.
When I look into the eyes of our dogs, I see souls who trust completely, companions who love unconditionally, spirits whose lives will transcend time and space and have eternal value beyond any of Solomon’s riches. People who strive to fill their lives with objects, things, and do not know the love of a dog live poorer lives indeed…..