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June 05, 2011

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My husband and I watched this movie about keeping up with the Joneses. It is quite interesting:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1285309/

It is fictional, but will make you think twice about trying to have the best like everyone else.

The point about celebrities is totally appropriate. I don't know of any celebrity that doesn't enjoy living the high life. There are so many now that are having financial problems, are bankrupt, or are getting mansions foreclosed. Just goes to show that wisdom is ageless.

These sentences should read:

"Celebrities with high incomes WHO are broke".

And

"These are your neighbors and friends (hopefully not you) WHO regularly need new cars...."

Sorry if it sounds like I'm nit picking. I just have this major peeve of referring to people as "that". "That" refers to objects. "Who" refers to people.

...Getting off soapbox now.

Funny that you mentioned the Joneses. I watched that movie last night and it really go me thinking. Marketing is everywhere and they know exactly what buttons to push to make us want something.

Since I have watched the movie, I am really going to make it a priority to examine some of my motives when making a purchase. Do I really want/need it because I want it or was I caught by some ad or I saw that one of my friends had it.

This verse from Proverbs is one that I remember running into when I was quite young and it has given me restraint early on. I liked the end of the verse (having wealth), so I knew that I would have to cut out or limit temporary pleasures. Makes a lot of sense.

Oooh, but I love wine and olive oil!

mysticaltyger --

Actually, the American Heritage Dictionary says:

"It is entirely acceptable to write either the man that wanted to talk to you, or the man who wanted to talk to you."

Then again, Grammar Girl is on your side:

http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/who-versus-that.aspx

But the point is, the hard and fast rules about who and that are not so hard and fast. Language changes over time, you know. ;-)

Contentment is a good thing - but is tough in a world that pushes 'wine and olive oil' through every marketing channel available. As long as we keep contentment in mind, I think we can treat ourselves without going overboard.

I think the key is that the verse says "Whoever LOVES . . ." Love luxury more than God, and you'll lose your barometer for knowing when to stop consuming. Love God first, and he'll give you the wisdom and the desire to be a good steward.

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