The past couple of months I have taken part discussing the ins and outs of a book called
' My Neighbour's House'.
The discussion group is a diverse group of people who all have various backgrounds and convictions. One thing we DO have in common ( well we have more but this one is the BIGGEST) is FAITH.
We all BELIEVE IN GOD!
The subject, as it suggests - has to do with what OTHERS HAVE and maybe we WANT.
Funny, a thought just occurred to me - literally while writing - How often do we want the LOVE that others hold dear, or the PEACE that some people radiate? Hmmm.... going to think on that one!
Anyway, the purpose of the book is not to see how we should NOT want what others have - but
HOW we achieve WHAT we go for in life.
Do we sacrifice time with family to fill a need to be out with friends for a ' good night out' instead of a good night in?- yes, babies cry, teenagers sulk and wives/husbands can be cranky! SO WHAT - be there and try to make a difference.
Do we ' break all bounds' and ' do what it takes' to make promotion, buy that car or upgrade the home? ( Bigger isn't always better - especially mortgages)
Do we alter our friendship group because the one we are in leads to feeling inept, not good enough or always expecting more!?
Recently an article appeared in our daily paper about a family on holiday. They went ( apparently) unprepared- had their cash card eaten at the ATM and were ' bound' to the camping. They had little or no money so couldn't 'eat out everyday' and the kids were bored because they HAD TO spend the whole day at the pool or in the playground at the camping ground. HOW sad was THAT!!?? The accompanying photo was of the family with drooped lip faces and almost tears on their cheeks.
A lovely camping ground in warm sunny France, a cosy caravan, good health ( Mother had just recovered from a hernia and had received a clean bill of health). And the headline read " Holiday from Hell."
Now that's what the book and the 10th commandment is all about - the wanna haves and the have nots and how we handle them.
A must read, truly. Most enlightening. We haven't read to the end yet - so will keep you posted on further insights and developments.