Wisdom or Wind?

Mmmm!  Don’t you love that new car smell?  I love it!  It’s a familiar smell that just makes people want to buy a car just due to the euphoric aroma it sets off in your brain.  It’s a powerful weapon that car dealerships use, I am sure.

My husband just bought a new truck, and it is a pleasure to drive in it.  Not just for the smell, but also for the other great things that come with a new vehicle.  There are many new and exciting differences from the old vehicle that you’ve grown so accustomed to driving for many years.  The changes are refreshing and exhilarating, and it makes the driving experience that much more enjoyable.

Why is this?  Why do we love the excitement of something new?  Why can’t we just enjoy and be thankful for what we already have?  We’ve been in our house for 14 years now, and I love my house, but I find myself talking about downsizing when my children are grown.  When I first built the house, I didn’t think it was big enough.  How crazy was I 14 years ago?  Too small?  That was all my ego talking.

The same goes for anytime you want the newest and latest thing that your mind obsesses on.  Like the newest and latest smart phone.  The hype that accompanies the launch of these new devises is really phenomenal.  All the advertisements these companies do make anyone think they really must have this new phone, or they are total losers.  I hear this line from my children every time.  Their phones are never good enough once the latest release comes out.

It’s human nature to want to have it all because this is the ego inside of us making us selfish and desiring the biggest and the best.  The flashy and the bold.  We are all guilty of it, but we have to learn to be thankful for what we have.  Embrace the blessings that are in front of our eyes.  We have to realize that everything gets old eventually.  Your house, your job, your phone, your clothes, your car and the list can go on and on.  We all want the new and exciting, but who wouldn’t?

In Ecclesiastics 6:9, King Solomon explains, “Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the appetite: this also is vanity and a striving after wind.”  Ecclesiastics is a great chapter of the Bible to read.  It’s all about the teaching us to stop chasing after worldly possessions, but instead focus our efforts on learning the wisdom of God, because everything here on earth is really just like chasing the wind.

Our generation is very guilty of doing this.  If something breaks, we don’t even try to fix it, we just throw it out and buy a new one.  I find this especially true with people’s marriages.  Every couple goes through a rough patch, or a hard time.  This gives them a way to escape and move onto a new and exciting partner, but eventually these people will become old too and the process just keeps repeating.  Instead of throwing away your marriage, work on fixing it.  Put some energy and elbow grease into it.  Treat your partner the way you did when you first got together.  Put them above everyone else and watch how it will transform.  We all have a wandering appetite, even when it comes to romance, but this is our egos kicking in again.  Kick the egos out and kick your appetite towards your significant other instead of yourself.

It’s natural to get bored with things eventually and want to get a new job, or new homes, even new relationships.  But eventually the new wears off and you can continue to seek the next new and exhilarating or thrilling thing, or you can be thankful for the blessings right in front of you.  Which one are you going to choose?  Are you going to spend your life chasing the wind, or are you going to realize that the wind can never be caught and just enjoy what you have right in front of you?

Wisdom or wind?  Which one will it be?