Who are the Jones’ and why are so many people trying to keep up with them? Has anyone ever seen them? Been their neighbors? Was a cousin of? If there are so many people keeping up with them, who do the Jones’ keep up with?
Although it sounds funny, its quite a problem for so many. There is this proverbial family, that no one knows and has never seen, yet so many people base their values,purchases and decisions solely upon this one “family”.
The Jones’ don’t actually exist, but they somehow exist in the back of the minds of people that feel the need to keep up with them and their luxuries ;their homes, their cars, their boats, etc.
Find out who you are. Why not stay within your means. Keep up with yourself. The most frustrated person is the one that is trying to create a “look”. The outside look. The one that says, see what we have? We may be unhappy, unhealthy, and falling apart, but at least we have this! Why not focus on good health, a strong well being, family and spiritual growth and development. None of which have to do with the Jones’.
When it comes down to what’s important, its giving to others; being a blessing to those that may not have. Asking God to use your hands and your voice for the greater good.
Take inventory of what’s important. God has blessed us to be a blessing. Its not always the poor children in other countries… sometimes we could be a blessing right in our own backyards. There are so many among us, within our own countries, within our own families without shelter and daily comforts; that rely on the kindness of others for just one day or one night.
And while we’re making sure our sons and daughters have the latest brands of sneakers, that cost 175.00 a pair, there are some children, that have to wear the same shoes all year long.
May God continue to remind us of what’s really important. May we continue to love others as the scripture says:
Beloved if God so loved us, we ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11
God has a greater plan for each of us, and the Jones’ have nothing to do with it!