Hey 'member talk to me Tuesdays? I used to love these. I am resurrecting them because this quote has been rollin' around in my mind/heart/conscience
"The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefiting the poor. But what happened instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger-- nothing ever comes out for the poor"
- Pope Francis
Crazy right? I think it's easy to look at this quote and shake our fists at Capitalism (which has it's problems) - and the American structure of 'bigger, better, greed, more, more, more'! I think it's easy to take the Pope's words and frame them into our internal political battles here in the US of A- that's easy.
What's far more difficult is to consider how this quote can challenge us personally. We have visited this topic before, but I am interested in your thoughts in light of this quote. I know many of us are struggling to get out of debt and just get by (but are we REALLY?). However, to those of us who are out of debt and making choices with excess money, it's difficult isn't it?
You see, when we moved into our little 'just over 1000 square foot' home, I thought we'd live here forever. It used to drive me crazy to no end when people would call it our 'starter home'. But now, after almost five years, we are considering moving (not anytime soon). Why? I want a dining room (right now, our kitchen would not be big enough to put a table in that would fit eight). I would like a fireplace. I want a bigger bathroom, because it is really challenging to bath the babies with my face smashed against the toilet (true story) and zero storage space.
But, our house has sufficient space. I could give up the dream of the fireplace, we could put a dining table in the basement, and I can suck up my bathroom woes (as Aaron said, "My grandmother raised 9/10 children in one house with a bathroom much smaller than this").
The house is just an example though, it's more than that. We live, in the United States, a life of excess. Even our poverty line is skewed based on the rest of the world.
So...TALK TO ME
At what point is too much, too much? How do you know when you are magically making your cup bigger, rather than allowing it to overflow? People say it's only about percentage of personal wealth/giving, but do you think that squares away with the magic cup idea? How do you make these decisions in your household? SUPER curious to hear your thoughts...
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