Do you really Need that New Shiny Thing?

The modern obsession is about things. The best car, computer, house, cell phone plan….you name it, we want the best. Why is that? Why can’t we be happy with the nice things that might not be the most expensive?

Why do we have to live with so much stuff?

I am always amazed when I hear stories of people who wake up one day and quit their job to follow their passion. Like the corporate businessman who wants to grow coffee and sell it at a corner shop. The doctor who sails halfway around the world to treat sick kids in some dusty country and lives in a hut.

Why is this idea of doing what we love, doing what our heart desires so difficult? Why is that leap of faith so scary?

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It is the obsession with having the best things. The uncertainty of what will we do when we can’t afford them anymore terrifies people.

Don’t be fooled when you hear stories of people taking the leap into their dream life, don’t be impressed. Somewhere in the story, the truth comes out. Something like, the person has multi-million dollars and can afford to just wake up and change their life.

What about the rest of us? How can we leap and not be afraid of what would happen?

I don’t have all the answers but I am at the point in my life where I am willing to try it, to leap, and see what happens. I really don’t have a plan. I know what I want to do in my life and I think that the answer is small steps leading up to the leap. I am taking baby steps to the edge of the cliff then I am going to jump.

I am so over this modern obsession to want and have. I want a simple life, a God-filled life.

These things we think that we can’t live without cloud our minds and make it difficult to see God. We are spending hours looking into the apps of our cell phones, driving our fine cars, staring at some lit-up screen of the latest techno gadget instead of looking for what God is doing in our lives and where He is sending us.

Would it be so bad to jump and let God work out the rest?

~Lori O’Gara

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