Our First World obsessions. How did we get them? Picture-perfect homes. With fine decor, and all artistically arranged. I can’t help but wonder: How did we get this way? 

I recently read a post about hiding external cords of wall lights. You know, the kind added after construction. Because that cord. Well, it’s ugly, messy, and bothersome. Detracting from our picture-perfect homes. A problem to correct.

I must admit, I don’t care for the messy appearance they give. Not that I have any such lights. But such things do bother my perfectionist tendencies.

But in really thinking about it, the fact that they bother me started bothering me!

They sell gadgets to hide those cords. Specially made casings to make them neat, pretty, and picture-perfect.

But it was the comments on that article that spoke to me most of all. People had been obsessing over those cords! And who knows how many other minor, trivial details of their home decor? How did we of the First World get like this?

Instead of counting our blessings, we fuss over minor things. Wanting more. Seeking perfection.

And I’m guilty too. So I’m thankful for that article. It served to help remind me how many things I, as a First World citizen, have…and take for granted. Most people in the Third World would just rejoice over having lights, messy cords and all. In fact, I don’t think they’d be looking at the cords at all!

So I’m saying a special prayer today.

Thank you, Lord, that I have electricity. At the flip of a switch, both in and out of the house. A light in every room, and flashlights if needed. A fridge, hot water heater, computers, and various small appliances. When I look at my unsightly, bothersome electric cords, help me remember they’re there only because I am blessed to have lights! Thank you Lord for light, messy cords and all!

Have you been guilty of obsessing over minor details and of never being truly satisfied with your abundance?

If so, discover 5 essential tools for cultivating deep, abiding contentment by developing a heart bubbling over with gratitude!

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But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we certainly can’t carry anything out. But having food and clothing, we will be content with that.

1 Timothy 6:6-8


10 thoughts on “Our 1st World Obsessions

    1. Thank you Jane! I apologize for the delay in responding, but we were in the states visiting family and friends after an 8 year absence. I love the way you put that, that perfectionism shreds contentment. How true!! And the sad thing is that the striving for perfectionism is an endless quest. Thereby leading to constant discontent. How much better to seek true contentment!! Have a great day!


      1. Oh Sheila, how lovely for you both to be visiting family, especially after a long time apart. I hope you had a wonderful time and have many heart memories. Hugs Xx


  1. You are absolutely right about the things that we in First World countries take for granted. I’m chuckling a little, however, because our bedrooms don’t have ceiling fixtures so I just bought a lamp on a cord to plug into the wall and hang from a hook (and I was excited to have more light!) 🤣


    1. Good for you Linda! I wish we could always keep that attitude about everything, but sometimes it seems like a struggle. I think we are bombarded by too much advertising and then we start playing the comparison game… 😦


  2. Thanking God for all His blessings. Yes, from messy cords to light switches to food that nourishes our bodies to the blessing of being His child, we are truly loved by Him.


  3. SO TRUE, Sheila! We need constant reminders to be grateful for what we have, because the world is constantly reminding us of what we DON’T have and trying to convince us we need it (whatever “it” is.) Your prayer to thank God for electricity reminded me of the three hurricanes we experienced while living in Florida, which caused the power to go out–twelve days one time. THAT’S when you appreciate all the electrical conveniences we enjoy! (We did have a generator for the second and third hurricanes, so we could run a few things at a time: the fridge, a fan, and maybe one other item.)


    1. That’s just it Nancy, we are bombarded by ads, people, and society making us think we need more & more and better & better. Oh for deep and true contentment, the kind the apostle Paul had when he said that he had learned to be content in any state. And he went through some really tough times!!


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