I've been called cheap…
I've been called (when people don't want to be mean) thrifty…
And I'm pretty sure all that would be true,
but here's the deal…
Ever since I got back from Colombia, South America,
God has wrecked the things that I thought was important.
Some of the people I met down there had nothing…literally nothing.
Yet they were filled with joy and had a passion for life and God like none I've seen before.
Ya know, we in America, get so caught up in material things and money.
We get lost in our consumerism culture.
We think in our minds that we need this or we need that…But do we really?!
We tend to think that if I just the newer version of this or if I could buy that brand of clothes…we would be happy.
We seek pleasure…things that we think will make us happy. But this type of thought pattern never satisfies…
In fact, the most contented people I know have found something more satisfying than pleasure, they’ve found a humble sense of gratitude,
and are actively participating in work that is difficult, beautiful and good.
This life we live is beautiful.
We muddy it up and make it about things that don't matter.
They don't matter in the short term and they don't matter in the long run.
Some of the people I met in Colombia didn't have internet access, the newest iPhone, Direct TV, a vehicle, the nicest clothes or even a house they could call their own…
Nonetheless, they had a passion and a fervency for life that is hard to describe.