Beauty surrounds us, but we usually need to be walking in a garden to know it - Rumi
Over the last few weeks I have been called or texted innumerable times by my mobile phone provider offering me the latest, and probably the most expensive handset. You would be surprised at the wonderful, not to be missed, features that the new phone has, apparently! Now, my phone is not the latest version but it does what I need it to do. I can call someone or text them and even send an email, and it has a camera. What more do I need? I could probably use it to tweet at someone but I am not that important so I try not to be a twit.
Anyway it seems that we live in a throwaway society. Nothing is saved, nothing is built to last or treasured nowadays. We never seem to be content with what we have, always wanting something different, something more. The general view is that when it breaks down or becomes out of fashion, throw it away and buy a new one. Yet do we really need the very latest clothes, gadgets, or whatever? Do we not realize that God will provide for all our needs; note, needs, not necessarily wants. Many years ago the psalmist wrote: Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. Psalm 145:16 AKJV, whilst later Jesus reminded his followers, and us to consider the lilies of the field (Matthew 6:28). Is that not enough?
And remember that throughout this transitory life with its constant changes and upgrades, there is one thing that will remain constant. Returning to that same Psalm we read: Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. Psalm 145:13 AKJV.
Let us rest in that assurance and give thanks to God for all He has given us. Let gratitude be our watchword not greed.
Peter is a father and a grandfather who has been retired from full time employment for a number of years