There was a song I loved years ago by George Straight called “Just Give it Away.” It wasn’t necessarily a sentiment I shared at the time, I was (am) happily married with many children in the home. I suppose I just liked the tune, plus, it’s George Straight!
The song related a woman coming home to tell her husband to just give everything in the home away, there is nothing worth fighting over and they are both over the fighting. So, just give it (ring included) away. It was just a silly song to me at the time, but today I sit here reflecting on the average American lifestyle, and can’t help but feel disappointed. Some things just aren’t meant to be thrown away.
We live in a “throw away” society. That’s what my kids used to say instead of the word disposable, throw away. What is sad though is just how accurate that word tends to be. Is there truly anything we can’t just throw away or dispose ourselves of these days?
We have disposable cups, plates, napkins, and silverware. Just throw it away I have heard myself tell my kids. I ask my older kids to bring me a diaper, they ask whether I want the throw away kind because they are easier than cloth. We have disposable or throw away everything these days. This goes all the way up to jobs, friendships, and even marriages.
Didn’t get the promotion (that you weren’t the most qualified candidate for)? Just throw it away; there are other jobs out there. Your friend isn’t there for you when you need her? Well, throw that friendship away too; there are other people out there. Marriage is getting hard? Well, you can throw that away too. Everyone else does, so why not you?
What if you stuck it out though? What if you worked harder on the necessary job and people skills necessary to land that promotion? What would happen if you committed to personal growth? What if you looked at the friendship and what you could do to BE a better friend? What would happen if you committed to being there for your friends? What if you fought harder for your marriage? What would happen if you committed to being a better spouse, to working toward making your marriage and home happier?
I beg of you, find something, anything that you are willing to commit to. Commit fully, and fight for the things, and most especially the people, that are important to you. No doubt, the enemy will be around to test you and break your commitment and willingness to fight. Do It Anyway!Prayer and wise counsel are important, so seek them out. Persist, and hold on to the good that you have in your live. Don’t “Just Give It Away.”
Rockin’ Oily Momma