Thursday, September 24, 2009


First Reading today in Mass:
"My people, why should you be living in well-built houses while the Temple lies in ruins? Don't you see what is happening to you? You have planted much grain, but have harvested very little. You have food to eat, but not enough to make you full. You have wine to drink, but not enough to get drunk on! You have clothing, but not enough to keep you warm. And the working man cannot earn enough money to live on...." Haggai 1:1-8

If this doesn't describe the world we live in today, I don't know what will. We live in a world where we are always wanting more. Enough is never enough. So many people in today's world are doing everything they can to live in a big well built home to only leave their children in day care and credit cards maxed out. They beat the pavement in traffic every day and work many hours a week to harvest little......not much to show but materialistic things that will waste away with this life. Never enough "food to make you full" ....and the list goes on how we are always wanting more and never content with what we have. Look at what has happended to our country and the economy all because people were living "lies".

How can we change this mentatlity so our children don't make the same mistakes? It starts at home with us. The only way you can be content with what you have is to walk daily with the Lord. The more you grow to know and love Jesus, the more content and "full" you will be with what you have. Materialism and the ways of the world begins to diminish in your high priority list and you start to see life for what it is really worth. You start living in freedom. Your children will learn from you and feel the freedom and contentment that you feel. They might get caught up in it later in life but will revert back someday to their teaching at home.

When our babies were born, they didn't care about how big their house was going to be, or what color of nursery they might have. They didn't care about what car they were going to drive off in from the hospital. All they cared about was being in our arms and being fed by a loving mother. These toddlers don't care about anything else but being loved and cared for by their mommy and daddy. The only thing we all truly need is food, shelter and clothing....the rest is just bonus.

Examine today if you are caught up in this rat race. Ask the Lord daily to help you see the bigger picture and help you live for the things above and not the things of this world. In turn, your children will thank you someday for it.

Have a blessed Thursday!

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