I want a new car. Actually, let me rephrase that sentence. I really, really, really, really, really want a new car. When I started here at HQ in 2010, I was driving a newer model vehicle. Then I hit a deer about two weeks before Christmas. My mother-in-law kindly gave me a car she was using as a backup vehicle. Flash forward to today and I am still driving that Clinton-era car. While it appears as though it went through two tours in Afghanistan, it runs fine. The heat and air conditioner also work, and I can still listen to the radio (a luxury one co-worker does not get to enjoy with his car). Still, I want another car.
I also want another home. I don’t need one necessarily, but we are growing out of the home we currently reside in, and I can’t help but notice properties with For Sale signs. I try to do away with the thoughts by saying, “One day,” but the truth is I would not mind putting a down payment on a 3 to 4 bedroom home with 2.5 bathrooms, a dishwasher, and grass that I can walk barefoot in every spring and summer. My current residence, which my mother-in-law kindly provided us, does not have a dishwasher.
Some readers are going through a season of life where they are enjoying the luxuries of a new car. They may even be unpacking from their move to “bigger and better” homes. Even so, many people are not doing these things. Like me, they smile and congratulate others who mention or show off their purchases, then they go home wishing they were in that person’s shoes. We can’t do this. As a matter of fact, we should not do this. That leads to envy, and envy leads to all kinds of things, including covetousness. God does not like us to be that way. In fact, He tells us not to covet in the 10th commandment.
So what should we do? Thank God for what we have. I certainly should. Did you notice that my mother-in-law provided me a car and a home? Meanwhile, we should pray that God continues to provide us jobs and money so we can pay off bills and one day purchase another vehicle, another home, or both. Meanwhile, let us be happy for those who were fortunate enough to get another vehicle or another home. Let us also remember the people who just lost a home or car due to fire or some sort of accident. God likes it when we do this. As a matter of fact, the Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle Paul to write as much:
“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep” (Romans 12:15)