There's this comedian named George Carlin. Apparently everyone in the world except for me has heard of him. If I understand correctly, he sort of pioneered the obsene-language-comedy-on-TV movement (??). I would like to quote (a small, relatively clean part of) one of his routines. It is disturbingly accurate.
Actually this is just a place for my stuff, ya know? That's all, a little place for my stuff. That's all I want, that's all you need in life, is a little place for your stuff, ya know? I can see it on your table, everybody's got a little place for their stuff. This is my stuff, that's your stuff, that'll be his stuff over there. That's all you need in life, a little place for your stuff. That's all your house is: a place to keep your stuff. If you didn't have so much stuff, you wouldn't need a house. You could just walk around all the time.
A house is just a pile of stuff with a cover on it. You can see that when you're taking off in an airplane. You look down, you see everybody's got a little pile of stuff. All the little piles of stuff. And when you leave your house, you gotta lock it up. Wouldn't want somebody to come by and take some of your stuff. They always take the good stuff. They never bother with that crap you're saving. All they want is the shiny stuff. That's what your house is, a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get…more stuff!
Sometimes you gotta move, gotta get a bigger house. Why? No room for your stuff anymore. Did you ever notice when you go to somebody else's house, you never quite feel a hundred percent at home? You know why? No room for your stuff. […]
Of course being spoiled extends further than just "stuff". If we're honest with ourselves, anything we complain about is quite likely our … uh … spoiled-ness.
Oh the Water! It's not warm enough! It tastes funny!
What? I have drinkable water. I get to make it hotter and colder at whim. I have ice whenever I need it. So… I'm taking a hot shower and someone flushes the toilet and I have a hissy fit? Thank God I even have these things to be ruined! Even Solomon might have been able to send servants out to the mountains each day for ice, maybe. We just open our freezer. And toilets with running water… WOW. A "ruined" shower should get thanks, not grief.
Man, I have to clean the kitchen and the dishes. Why doesn't my spouse ever do it?!
Gee… if only we were starving than this wouldn't be such a problem now would it? Such an over-abundance of food! And what does it get? Complaints and whining. I bet I couldn't count in my lifetime the number of people that wish they had this "problem". Shouldn't I be thanking God instead?
Now I have to clean the whole house?!
Whoa. For the first time in years we live in a neighborhood that isn't consistently on the news. My spouse quit most of their bad habits. We don't argue nearly like we used to (and even than I'm the one to blame). We have shelter. Nice shelter (in our eyes!). Video games. Toys. Food. Appliances. Clothes. Study materials. Salvation. The ability to have and use this stuff. And I'm complaining about having to clean it up? Maybe think the real problem is that we have far too much… not that we have to do something.
I can never seem to RELAAAX!!!
And how happy am I when I do relax? Not very… and besides what's it doing for my soul? I've spent 20+ years relaxing. It's probably time to quit wasting life… no matter how bad I want to.
In that case… we have too much!
Wasn't I just complaining about having to clean it up? Either way we should still be thankful. Or… perhaps use it for the Lord. He did give it to us. I should pray about it… maybe we should get rid of much (or all, or none) of it, maybe not. Wonder what He wants?
GEEZ I can't study God's Word with the spouse talking 400 mph!!
Whoa! Uhh…. so this is called "getting along" now? I could be loving and instead I'm rude, annoyed, and frustrated. I'm impatient and selfish. Not exactly exhibiting a good example here….
I just don't feel loved….
I'm the one that needs to be doing the loving. Instead of selfishly wanting, I should be selflessly giving. This principle goes for material things but even that represents those things which are spiritual!
"Love … is not self-seeking …" - 1 Corinthians 13:5
"… His praise will always be on my lips" - Psalm 34:1