“I need granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.
“I need a large master bedroom with an en suite bathroom with
his and hers vanities.”
“I must have an open concept for entertaining!”
“I must have (original) hardwood flooring.”
If you’re like me and 42 million other Americans, you’ve heard these “needs” uttered hundreds of times on HGTV. I became an HGTV junkie nine years ago when my husband and I bought our first home. I started out just watching a few shows, but it quickly became one of my favorite pastimes. I was mesmerized by the transformations of the home makeovers and would pause on each scene, so I could really see how each space was transformed from something drab to something beautiful. I dreamt about what my house could be with just a few coats of paint and a wall taken down here or there. I felt inspired, equipped, and empowered to take on projects of my own. I even refinished an old dresser that’s now our entertainment center. HGTV has completely changed the way I decorate, shop for décor, and think about renovations.
On the surface, this doesn’t sound bad, does it? But what I discovered was too much of a good thing isn’t such a good thing. As I looked around my house at all the things I didn’t have, the inspiration I felt slowly turned into contempt. Without realizing it, I had been filling my heart and mind with messages that made my home feel inadequate, like I needed more and better things.
The house my husband and I fell in love with suddenly looked old, ugly, and out of date. My countertops, while nice and completely functional, aren’t granite. My walls are painted a warm winter white, not the cool crisp gray that makes a home feel more inviting and open. And worst of all, my floors are covered in carpet. (Gasp!) I began to think we should just buy a new house. My to-do list of all the things I needed to change began to mount. And without realizing what was happening, I began to feel worse and worse about what God had so graciously given us.
Then one morning during my quiet time, I felt the Lord gently correct me. I was no longer grateful for His provision and had become greedy and full of envy. I was reminded of the verse in Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (God must have known we’d have a hard time with this concept, because he put the same verse in Luke 12:34.) There is a longing in our hearts that cannot be fulfilled by material possessions. The pleasure they bring is fleeting and temporary. Still we search in an attempt to satisfy this longing with newer and better things, but our spirits require something much more. We must trust God to satisfy this need in us.
Clearly, I had lost sight of the true treasure and had placed my significance in having all the latest and greatest trends in my home. I took some time that morning to ask the Lord to forgive me and replace my greedy heart with a grateful one. Now when I look around my home, I thank the Lord for all He’s so graciously given us.
“It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.”
Luke 12:34 (The Message)