Our First World Obsessions

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 read a post recently 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 bothered 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 issues. Wanting more. Seeking perfection.

And I’m guilty too. So I’m thankful for that article. It served to help me remember how many things I, as a First World citizen, have. 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 lights, messy cords and all!

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6 thoughts on “Our First World Obsessions

  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!) 🤣


    • 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. 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.)


    • 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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