Monthly Archives: September 2014

Windows, Chico’s and the Never-ending Need for Things

I am getting new windows put on my house.  The old ones were pretty shabby, needed new screens, leaking between the panes, and no longer see through.  Some of the wood around them is moldy from too much moisture.  Needless to say, we really need them. 

They have finished putting in the windows in the upstairs rooms and this makes the walls look like they need paint, the curtains in need of freshening, and the shades and carpets now look more worn than I had realized.  Tomorrow, when they do the kitchen, I will notice how worn out and cluttered my kitchen looks. 

Isn’t it a wonder how we always “need” more? 

Yesterday a fresh catalog arrived from Chico’s.  I looked through it and thought “I need new clothes.”  Of course, I don’t need new clothes.  I have plenty of things to wear – more than any woman needs.  Besides, my checking account is almost empty. 

So, when I saw the post on the dotMagis blog called “New Eyes of Gratitude, Grace, and Freedom,” I saw myself.  The article refers to a blog from momastary.com called “Give Me Gratitude or Give Me Debt.”  The writer of momastary is perfectly happy in her home, that is, until she posts a picture of herself in her kitchen.  Many comments were made about that picture.  Suggestions for what she could do to get a nice, new, modern kitchen.  Suddenly she lost her happiness.

But that night she remembered that she did not need new things, just new eyes with which to see the things she already had.  When she awoke, she had new perspectacles and suddenly she appreciated what she had. 

This is something I need as well.  I pray each day for gratefulness and generosity, for surrender of those things I hold on to.  But, do I mean it? 

Check out the two blogs linked in the article for more on seeing with new eyes.

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