David and I were musing over a nice anniversary dinner when I remembered a seemingly small event that, in retrospect, may have transformed our lives for the better. After about a year of being married, we decided to get cable. We had not gotten it earlier on the advice of a marriage book. But as we stood waiting at the cable kiosk in the busy Plaza Las Americas mall, no one showed up. Perhaps he was at lunch or flirting with a girl or got distracted by a nearby shoe sale. Whatever the case, after ten or fifteen minutes we gave up and left.
Seven years of commercial, TV-free-life later, we realize it may have been Providence. Everywhere we look people are greedy for more things, and dissatisfied with their own looks, possessions, and lives. And how could they not be? They spend hours looking at gadgets they don’t have, people who are skinnier and more beautiful than them, who live in perfectly clean, gigantic houses, and laugh all day long. How can one not be depressed and envious after bombarding the mind with that?
Everyone knows the rich people aren’t happy. Countless times they blot themselves out of this world as a result. Yet the poor masses sit back and think, “What a waste. I would surely be happy with all those riches.” And therein lies the deceit. Don’t believe it. You will not be the first person in history to be made happy by riches.
And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.