If you’re like me, you want SO many things, there is always a next best new thing you’re waiting for, looking to purchase, hoping to accomplish etc. For me, a few things, I always have a ‘next big purchase’ in mind, something I’m super concentrated on, like my D90, or the caliber before it, or the Nintendo Wii even before that. I started looking at these things and pining over them months and even years in advance. I guess this shouldn’t be a blog just about getting what you want, but I think there is ‘good’ in the process, theres nothing wrong with wanting stuff, or fulfilling a life dreams and such.
I sorta figure, sure, you can get almost anything you want in life or be any place you want, you just need to aim yourself in that direction. Its like riding a bicycle, if you look straight, keep your eyes on the path, generally you follow that path, if you start focusing on a tree off to the side, your body usually follows where your head / eyes are pointed. So, if you want a new camera and you can’t afford it now, aim yourself in that direction, start doing things that will get you to that point. Talk to friends, maybe they will know someone with a second hand camera, or know of deals, start saving money (you’ll need money in this world for just about anything you want to do), start doing little things which can become bigger things as you get closer to your goal. A bigger life goal for me was to move to and live on Prince Edward Island. I think for a long time I held this up as a pie in the sky dream, then at some point in our marriage I thought,.. if I want to live there, this may indeed be the only opportunity to move and if Lindsey is willing, we would need to go there now. Why now? Now is before kids, before we had purchased a house (something you can’t move or sell real easily), before we were UBER attached to wherever we were at. Once those things get locked in, its harder and harder to make a big move like that. Lindsey agreed and we started pointing ourselves in this direction, agreeing that if there ever was a time, it was now (6 months ago). I’m super happy to say ‘We did it!’. Its a big milestone for me, something I wanted to do for a long time. Its beautiful here on the Island. And though we don’t QUITE feel at home just yet, I think we will soon. Once we get our own house (another big goal in our lives that we’re now pointing in the direction of), we’ll feel much more like we have our feet planted here and settled. SO, steps towards that goal are searching for houses, knowing our max mortgage limits, understanding our financial limitations, knowing what sorts of financial loads we can bear, searching for good locations, talking about what we want in a house and how long we might plan to stay there.. forever? 10 years? Just what are we thinking exactly. So we’re quickly moving in that direction and HOPEFULLY by this time next year, we will have our very own place, thats the plan and goal anyways 😉 Things often change though, we need to stay aware of our finances, what will make sense for us, the logistics of where we are and where we will need to be.
Did I forget to mention God in all of this, I suppose I did. For these big things, God is totally involved so we seek wisdom from Him, pray His timing on it and His will. Ultimately, if we do something that isn’t within His circumference of will for us, then that won’t be good. With smaller things, God like says ‘sure, whatever, you are the steward of the money I provide’ for things like cameras. And He doesn’t intend to spoil our fun on purchasing gadgets and other fun things. For things like houses which are considered ‘good’ investments, I think He cares a lot more, especially when we want to use it for Him, and we do!
And speaking of goals, buying things for ourselves, which is what this post happens to be all about, we also need to consider others. Had a good sermon by P Josh last night on ‘giving up our inheritance willingly for temporal things’. You can watch it on ustream here: www.ustream.tv/recorded/2567108
Thinking on that, its kinda funny looking at all the stuff I just wrote but.. suffice to say, God doesn’t mind if we have good stuff, He is our father and He blesses us with resources so that we can have good stuff. The point is, are you using at least a portion of those resources for God, if not all in some way shape or form. Example, you have a house? Maybe you can host a local bible study or allow someone in need to come in out of the cold or have a warm meal. If you own a car, do you help others get around, are you willing to drive people to church on a sunday that do not have a car (we’re not perfect and our attitudes were definitely not perfect all the time but we were able to use our car for things like this). If you have a nice camera like the D90? 🙂 Maybe you can be the photographer at a community event to provide pictures for a website or the newspaper. Are you blessed with skills, you can use those for His glory, there are so many ways to live for God, maybe that thing that you love, that hobby, that toy, that video game system can be used for Him someone. Maybe ask Him what you can do for Him with the stuff yo have, often you’ll be able to use in some way those exact things that you thought were just for your own personal enjoyment!