Daily Devotion – February 27, 2018

Exodus 20:12-17

Honour your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.

You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.

Devotion by Julia Shiver

Confession time!  Most of these commandments I am pretty good about.  Until you get to that last one.  I don’t have any problems with my neighbor’s spouse, slave (!), ox, or donkey.  But I do have a bad case of house envy!

As we drive around, wherever we go, I am always checking out the houses.  That one is a little too big, but that one looks maybe the right size, IF it were located on the water.  I like the architecture and styling of this house, but it is on a very busy street.  Oops, on the water but hate that driveway!

I think I have this ongoing fantasy of walking away from my house (taking precious items and people with me) and moving into a beautifully decorated, brand new or renovated home with all the trappings (and no clutter.)  As long as I didn’t have to clean any of it!

The reality is, we live in a very nice home in a nice, older subdivision.  It was built in the 70’s so it always needs some work.  But the space is more than adequate for the three of us.  And I love how I have decorated parts of it.  And don’t get me started on my recent kitchen renovation!

I don’t know why I covet different homes, but I know it is a distraction for me.  From time to time, I have to align my emotions with my principles of living simply, within our means.  All I can do is go to God, asking for the wisdom to know my true path, the strength to live out my values, and the grace of forgiveness when I get caught up in my fantasies of the perfect home.  I have one already, here on earth, and waiting for me on the other side.


Dear God,

I thank you for the many, many blessings I have received in life.  I ask forgiveness that sometimes I get carried away and think that what I have is not enough.  Thank you for your forgiving grace as I stumble through this life.  Amen.

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