Thursday, January 22, 2009

Vanity... annoying!

Well, maybe I shouldn't say that; however, I am beginning to see vanity in a whole new light. Allow me a few moments to explain. Where I work, I sit in a row of four desks....large, spacious desks and I love, but I am surrounded by other women. One (we'll call her Momma, in her 40's) has been at the company for awhile and is the most calm of all 4 of us. Then there is myself (27), Debbie Downer (30) and Za-Za (24-25ish). With my time here at the firm, listening to DD and ZaZa talk has brought one word to mind...vanity.

Maybe its is because these are both city girls - single girls who live in city lofts and have prancey little dogs and wear designer heels (no, I have nothing against designer heels), but all I hear about is stuff. There have been days (very recently) when we have all said we were swamped with work, yet I overhear their conversations about what Juicy stuff is on sale, and how expensive their new handbags were. Lately, DD talks about how she wants a $1000 handbag and she is made because her boyfriend won't buy it for her!!! WHAT?!??! I am listening right now to ZaZa talk about the new Juicy dog collar she is getting for her pooch and its on sale for only $100! Through all of this 'talk', I have to tell you that I find myself thankful.

I am thankful that I do not judge my relationship with my husband by the gifts that he gives me; I am thankful that I don't worry about having enough to pay my rent because I spend $250 on hair and eyelash extensions; I am thankful I don't consider my worth by what stores I shop at.

The more and more I sit at my desk, this verse come to mind from Ecclesiastes 2:

10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
I refused my heart no pleasure.
My heart took delight in all my work,
and this was the reward for all my labor.

11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done
and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;
nothing was gained under the sun.

Now please don't misunderstand me, I love a nice pair of jeans just as much as the next women, and yes, I love expensive handbags, but my worth does not come from them, but from Him. There is not object on their earth that can make me "worth" more than I am to the Father - to Him, I am priceless - so priceless, that He would give His own life for ME!

I pray that if you are reading this that you know His love for you - that you know He doesn't love you because of how long your eyelashes are, or because of how much money you spend on new clothes - He loves you with an unmeasurable love just for who you are.


Stacy Gibbs said...

Thank you for sharing your heart with us! Stand strong in your convictions and continue to be a light for the Lord in your work place. I hope you have a great day! ~Stacy

Melissa said...

great post Ashley! I think we all get caught up in material things every once in awhile, but it's nice to remember, it's about God. He doesn't care! He loves me for the one He made.

Kim Soto said...

Well said Ash! Working in the corporate world, I hear all about it too. Thank you Jesus for what I have!

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