“Save For Later”

18 Apr

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I love Amazon.

Not the jungle, although I am sure it’s a nice place to visit and live (‘ots of monkeys I bet… monkeys are cool).

No, I love the other Amazon, the .com one. It’s a great place for books, obviously. From text books to fiction, non-fiction, you name it, it’s probably somewhere on Amazon.com. You can also find just about anything else on there, as long as it doesn’t breathe. Electronics galore, clothing and even a plethora of downloadable content.

I do have to confess, though, that there’s one thing I don’t like about the online retailer. See Amazon and my bank account don’t always see eye to eye. So while I can add it to my cart, I am forced by life to then click the “Save for Later” button.

It’s saving things for later that I don’t like. Maybe you don’t either?

The reality is, as a man that’s a father and a husband, it seems more often than not that I have to save a lot of things for later. It’s saying “no” to self now so I can say “yes” to the more important things. It’s saying “no” to developing my dream for me, myself and I…. so I can “yes” to my three kids and my wife now.

There’s a sweet spot there too, though, when I say yes to them I get it back with interest. I get the periodic Amazon.com goodies, but more importantly I get my family. And that’s good since I am madly in love with them.

I am reminded of Ecclesiastes, which was written by Solomon, the wisest man to ever live. Its 100% wisdom about chasing things like what Amazon.com offers. Here’s just one set verses that speak to friends, family, accountability and how that looks in regard to manlines:

This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, “Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?” It is all so meaningless and depressing.  Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor.  If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble. And on a cold night, two under the same blanket can gain warmth from each other. But how can one be warm alone?  A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.   -Ecclesiastes 4:8-12

I want to dream with my friends and family.

It’s not fun to save things I want for later, but no one ever said it would be.

It is important. It is worth it. It has to be. Just ask Solomon.

-Brandon Pachey
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Brandon Pachey is the husband of an amazing wife and father of three awesome kids, hoping to adopt for the first time soon. He has lived all over the United States in six different states and Germany. He has worked in Youth Ministry as a volunteer for 13 years (3 as a full time volunteer youth pastor) and done ministry in Germany with military students and US Military Men’s Ministry. He looks periodically at the funny things the church does and faith in day to day life on For the Love of God Too blog (http://fortheloveofgodtoo.wordpress.com/). He also has a passion for Off-Roading as a family sport.

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