song of the middle class

We don’t ask for much — just a simple house in a clean, safe neighborhood. We need a place without crime, so the kids can sleep soundly at night, each of them in their private rooms. The schools need to be good, quality institutions with caring, well educated teachers.

Our landscaping just needs some healthy bushes, a few bright flowers. Our neighbors need to be friendly — people we could ask for a cup of sugar when the need arises. There should be a good church within reasonable driving distance. The church should be passionate and preach sound doctrine.

We’ll need a big-screen television — not because we can’t do without it — just to relate to the culture, you know. We ask to have a night or two out to dinner every week, to get a break from the stress of cooking our own meals. A vacation every year — just a week or two — will be the escape we so desperately need from the usual rat race of the working life.

We need a reliable car — nothing fancy. Just as long as there’s a good CD player, cruise control, air conditioning, leather seats. Also, it’ll make our life so much easier if we could just have a laptop in addition to our desktop computer. Since we spend so much time on the computer and all. Our wardrobes don’t have to be elaborate. We just need some trendy clothes so we don’t look like total dorks; we ask for enough variety that we don’t get bored with what we wear.

We’ll need a large enough salary to build a stable 401K for retirement. We don’t want to have to worry if we’ll make it through our sunset years. We need to have a little extra to pay off our debts, to pay off the mortgage, and live comfortably… so that we can give to the poor.

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    • Luke
    • May 3rd, 2007

    And how often do we hear “In Jesus name, Amen” at the end of that song?

    Our perspective has been skewed.

    • c.l.beyer
    • May 3rd, 2007

    I agree, Luke.

    And the question that keeps running through my mind is “So… now what?”

    • Luke
    • May 4th, 2007

    Continue to trust in God’s sovereignty and in the working of His sanctification. Trusting that, as we keep our eyes focused upon the person of Jesus, God will be faithful to work in us a good work.

    It’s not our job to sanctify ourselves…God never calls us to that (thankfully). It’s our job to look to Jesus and cry out, “I believe, Lord help my unbelief”.

    I really appreciate this blog Carrie. Thanks!

    • Brooke
    • June 28th, 2007

    I know I’m a little late on the posts.

    If you haven’t yet, Randy Alcorn’s “The Treasure Principle” is a great book. There is one thing he wrote that really stuck. Every year, try to give a little more – even if it’s only a percent. He will never let you out-give Him.

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