Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in this world.
I admit it--I'm a sucker for a good article on budgeting. Inevitably such articles make the distinction between needs and wants--or luxuries. Some of us have become so accustomed to our luxuries that they have become needs.
The above quote reminds me that everything we have, including our very lives, are luxuries, all courtesy of a loving Father. Do you complain, as I have, that you need a bigger house? Do you whine about what you don't have?
You're not alone, for most of us are subject to such moments. When I stop and ponder, however, how much I do have, I shake my head at my lack of gratitude. When I am able to find the maturity and wisdom to recognize that, I understand that I have everything--and more--that I need materially? My real need is a softer heart and a more forgiving nature.
This I know for sure: whatever we have first belonged to the Father.