Probably five or six years ago I bought a new stove, a very nice white electric stove. I would not have thought much more about it if I hadn’t recently gotten hooked on House Hunters on HGTV. What I have learned from this show is that white appliances are bad. And electric stoves are even worse. If your appliances are not stainless steel, you cannot possibly be happy. And without a gas stove you might as well not buy a house—ever. People are so adamant about this that it makes me wonder what is wrong with me. I must have no self-esteem whatsoever to live with these shameful appliances! And don’t even get me started on the absolute necessity of granite counter tops.
Why am I thinking about this on a cold winter afternoon in Michigan? It’s that doldrums time of year. I packed away all my Christmas stuff and now I want something new and colorful and shiny because everything looks boring without a Christmas tree attached. It’s too cold and grey to enjoy being outside much. All the flyers in my mailbox and all the banner ads on my computer and all the television programs tell me I need new and better stuff so I can feel happier.
But I find a better recipe for happiness is being grateful for what I have, appreciating the blessings that come every day.
It takes a little more effort to be grateful. Blessings don’t come with flashy marketing campaigns—just that quiet daily assurance of God’s care for me. I have to pay attention.
I’m sure all my family and friends would be impressed if I got new, flashier appliances. But I have to remember that what makes more of an impression is a meal cooked with love and an attitude of concern for others. Stainless steel or natural gas can’t supply those things. But a heart open to God and being grateful for his gifts sure does help. So, I think I will be content with my white electric stove—after all, if looks just fine with my formica counter tops!
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