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Keeping Up With The Joneses

 GOD has just freed the Israelites from the powers of Egypt  and called upon Moses to come to the top of Mount Sinai, the above scripture is part of the new system of laws that GOD is giving to Moses for the people.

After reading the scriptures above, one would stand to reason that it is not right to want what others have.  Yet in our society today it is hard to find someone who truly does not want what others have.  In fact, it is now a way of life, hence the common idiom "Keeping up with the  Joneses."  We as Christians, and yes I am not immune to this, are all guilty in some form or another.

As I was folding the laundry for the family that I work for a question popped into my head. Why do you buy the clothes that you do?  Is it because you like it or that it is fashionable, or is it because of the name?  

If you by clothes because of the name, why?  How am I to know who the designer of your certain piece of clothing is?  The only way someone would actually know is if they asked you personally, or the name was in a very visible place on the article itself.  Buying clothing because it is fashionable is not as questionable as buying for the name brand.  However, it would stand to reason that you are buying the item to be on trend with everyone else.  You will sometimes here people say "oh that style is so last year", which in turn makes most people want to go and buy the latest styles just to keep up.

I say buy something because you like it, not because of who made it or if its the latest rage in fashion.  Honestly I'd rather be comfortable in something that isn't currently in style, than be uncomfortable in something that is.  Not to mention the cost of keeping up with the current styles.

That brings me to another part of trying to "keep up with the Joneses".  Cost, have you seen how much things are costing now days.  It seems like the less fabric there is to an item, the more it costs.  Not to mention paying for someones name on the item, once you add a certain name to it the prices doubles.

Does the higher price mean that the item will last longer.  Well in my experience, that is  not true at all.  Somethings maybe more durable at a higher price, but for the most part, they all wear the same and need replaced about the same time.  I can say though that I have run into a few name brand items that have actually worn out quicker than those with a significantly lower price tag.

It's funny to see how people act about having a name brand item.  It's like it makes them a better person, and can fix any of their flaws.  I hate to tell them that it isn't true at all.  The saying, "Clothes don't make the man, it is the man who makes the clothes", would apply here.  People who are infatuated with name brands seem to worship them. Which would bring me to three other laws that GOD gave Moses while on Mount Sinai:

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Day 10: The place with the cure for everything.

get in your car and drive down interstate 40 for about 25 minutes to the little mountain town of waynesville,  and there you will find a coffeehouse that claims to be a solution to all your problems, to solve all your ailments, & cure your every need. ok. they don't actually claim that, but their name does... panacea is one of my favorite coffeehouses in the world. in fact, it just might actually be my favorite. the word, panacea, means a cure-all for every ailment, a remedy, a solution to all problems. for me, panacea coffeehouse has been just that place. i have spent countless hours there in my life, discussing life and theology, meeting friends, catching up, reading, working on my computer, and just being. it is a cafe that has been part of my life for quite a number of years, and it is a place to which i have returned anytime i have been in the area.

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Day 9: Coffee and a pug?!

it was bound to happen at some point. daily fika overload. not that i've had too much coffee, by any means. i'm not even sure that that's possible. but, the daily finding a new place and experiencing something new is actually exhausting . the impressions, the feelings, the leaving my comfort zones are all good, but it requires a lot of attention and action. so, today, this self-proclaimed introvert had the desire to just go to a comfortable, familiar place. and just be.

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