My Fashion Over 40 ~ I Am Spoiled

Yes, I am spoiled.  I'm going to have to say that most of America is.  We have so much and we don't even realize it.  Instead, we complain, take our privileges and freedoms for granted. And right now there is this Christmas shopping frenzy going on and its all about more, more, more!

Guess what? Today's outfit has nothing new in it! :)

Fashion Over 40

You know what's funny.... I wore almost this same outfit back in February's Fashion Over 40. You can check that out HERE. The funny part is that I even wore my hair the same way. Weird.  I don't think I've worn these boots for y'all yet. I've worn the cardigan, in fact when my daughter was here she even borrowed it. So, I guess mom has a few cute things in her closet. ;) And, yes, I'm wearing 3 necklaces. They just looked fun together.

We had a missionary on Sunday.  His family is working mainly in Cuba teaching nationals to become pastors and missionaries. What got me on the "spoiled" kick, was that he was saying how we in America don't really understand the difficulties people of third world countries face.  I have to agree. He said that even if you think you have it tough, you still live in luxury in comparison. wow.

This will sound strange, but they don't use credit cards or debit cards. They don't even have them. I mean, I knew that, but I never really thought about it. We practically live cash free. I hardly ever carry any cash. And cars... most of them don't have cars, and if they do, they aren't the nice heat seated cars we have. Like I said, I knew it, but to really think about not having just those two things, would be difficult for us in America.

But one thing they do have a lot of is .... persecution, suffering. That is something they aren't in short supply of.  I can't even begin to understand the difficulties they deal with.  I want to, but we've been conditioned to live in our comfy cozy homes, with beautiful hard wood floors and soft warm beds. What a contrast. Lord, help me! I don't want to be spoiled like this.

Let's remember what the gospel is all about. To lay down your own life for the sake of others. It's about loving Him and loving others. Not putting yourself first, others first. It's about being an example of Christ's love. At this time of year, we have even more opportunities to be giving, generous, and loving.

John 15:9-17New Living Translation (NLT)

“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! 12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. 16 You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other.
Remember how much you have been blessed.

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