I am not a materialistic person at all. Like, at all. Here lately, I have literally felt my heart breaking.
Society today has put such pressure on us. A negative pressure. Society and the media have painted a picture of what we should look like, how we should dress, what we should drive, etc. It is heartbreaking.
I strongly dislike the image that the media has put out.
The other day, I was in JcPennys with mom and dad. A shirt we got for dad was too small so he went with us to find a different one. I noticed an older man slowly walking/browsing the clothes. He had a pair of jeans folded up and was carrying them with both hands. I was being a people watcher and kept looking at him out of the corner of my eye or from behind shelves..(yes I am a creeper. lol) He would walk up to a table with shirts and just stand there and look. He'd maybe grab a shirt and then put it down. So me, being the sensitive girl I am, ultimately assumed that he maybe didn't have enough money. (I want to cry just thinking about it). But then I got to thinking, maybe he is just a clueless guy and really does not know what kind of shirt to get, or maybe he just didn't like any of the shirts.
I saw a car today that reminded me of a old teammates dad. He drove and still drives an 1989 Honda. (NOTHING wrong with that AT ALL.) It made me think about the times I hung out with his daughter. I remember their house and I remember hearing parents at the field talking about them. Something to do with not having money and having a tough time making ends meet. That was 8 years ago. They still live in the same house and drive the same car. I cried on my way home tonight after seeing the car that reminded me of them...My parents have always lived comfortably. If something was needed, they were able to get it. I am so blessed and so grateful. I think about every person and every family out there that cannot do that. That their child may need a winter coat, but they do not have enough money to provide that. It breaks my heart.
This all stems back to the image the media sends- imagine, these people who don't live the life that the media does..their esteem, their feeling of self worth. I can guess that it is pretty low. Below low. It's so crazy.
I want EVERYONE to know, that your worth does NOT COME from the material things in this life. Your worth doesn't come from how nice of a vehicle you drive, or how much money you have, or how big of a home you have. Your worth is found in GOD. He calls YOU worthy.And once this is realized, life changes.
I know it is hard to not get caught up. (And let me say, I am in no way saying that having nice things is not okay! What I am saying is that, our worth is not found in those things. We all like to have nice things..so please please please do not think I am saying that it's not okay. ) With the image and message being put out by society/media today, it may seem like you're not good enough or you're not worth anything.
I am sorry this is long and on and on, but my heart really is sad. I wish that there was something I could do. Something I could say..to just let someone know that hey, you ARE great and you ARE worth more and beyond!! And don't ever let anyone tell you different.