Wednesday, April 27, 2005

In Pursuit of Holiness

My husband has been struggling with greed. Not the extravagant kind that is obvious to all. No, this is the subtle kind. The kind which says, "I don't want much, just a little bit more, so I can provide for my family." The kind which says, "Let me win the lottery. Not the million dollar jackpot, just one of the smaller $10,000 prizes." The kind which says, "God, make me self-suficient, so I don't have to rely on you." I know this kind of greed. I've faced the very same beast. How in the world can God grant such a prayer?

Yesterday, my husband came home and announced a new strategy. Every time he gets the "I wants" he's going to think about something he is grateful for instead. Now thre's a prayer God will answer. And so, yesterday when his alternator began failing 20 miles into a 45 mile commute, he was grateful to make it within a block of his workplace before the car completely died. He is grateful that his employer just signed a deal with the auto shop next door and is able to get his auto work done at a company discount.

We may never be successful in the world's eyes. We may always live within a breath of financial ruin. But, with a new attitude, we can face our worries with smiles and joy. We can be sure of a Father in Heaven who cares for even the lilies and the sparrows. How much more does He care for us?


At 2:58 PM, Blogger David Hopkins said...


I just posted a blog entry myself on this very subject. Keeping up with the Jones' is an extremely strong pull - especially for us males. We tend to incorrectly define our worth based on our success in business and our ability to make a lot of money. I always try to keep in mind what Our Lord says in the Gospel about where our treasures lie.

At 11:08 AM, Blogger dcs said...

My wife and I struggle with this attitude all the time. Personally, I blame the NFP movement. ;-)

At 12:09 PM, Blogger BekahS. said...

Oh, don't get me started on NFP. If ever there was a love-hate relationship! Perhaps you'd like to write something on that subject.

At 5:58 PM, Blogger dcs said...

Yike! Now there's a minefield I'm not sure I want to cross.


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