When to Affirm and When to Laugh

Over-the-Top BLING! A smart car covered in Swarovski crystals

Good Morning, God!

I’ve been thinking about affirming PEOPLE — as opposed to affirming THINGS. I’m not sure I’ve made this distinction before. But, it is beginning to seem very important.

I’ve been conditioned to be polite and admire stuff. A friend buys a new dress and I tend to find something to admire or affirm. And since I don’t hang out with folks that buy flashy cars or boats I haven’t had to “draw-a-line.”  But, if I had a friend rich enough to buy this car-covered-in-crystals, God, would I be able to LAUGH at them? I hope so!

This incredible acceleration of bigger houses and longer yachts deserves to be held up to social ridicule! What are people thinking, God? Do they think that stuff will give them  anything more than a momentary “HIT?”

Of course, we are free, God, free to spend our money anyway we want. But, as I think of a person spending THIS much money to say LOOK AT ME — I feel really sad for the person. Such a poverty of imagination, God! Or maybe, as Dr. Arch Hart has pointed out, when a person is TOO BUSY for TOO LONG they have built a wall around their pleasure center. Small ordinary pleasures can’t get over the wall. It takes something spectacular. That person is STARVED for JOY!

It makes me think of what Mother Teresa said: “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” Please help us, God, to remember and experience the joys of belonging to each other.

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