Several years ago, I was seated at a table with seven other women from the women’s retreat where I was speaking, I enjoyed visiting with these young moms. Each one introduced herself and then we started talking about the gift of hospitality. Sarah spoke up and motioned to the woman beside her, "Natalie has the most amazing gift of hospitality. Her husband must have had it in mind when he built their huge house. She just makes everyone feel welcome."
The women nodded their agreement. Then another friend of hers offered, "Natalie’s house is so inviting, you’d never guess it’s 6,500 square feet."
Everyone nodded their agreement again.
Then Ginny spoke up. "It was so funny the other day. My young son, Kyle, and I were driving home from Natalie’s house after he had played there that day, and somehow we got on the subject of who was rich. I asked him, ‘Who do you think is rich?’ and I mentioned several friends, including Natalie. For each one, he said they weren’t rich. Then I mentioned my sister-in-law who is definitely not rich and she has a 1,400 square foot home. But Kyle said she was rich!
"When I asked him why he thought that, he replied, ‘Because she has a Play Station.’"
We all laughed. Talk about a perspective of priorities. To Kyle, whatever was important to him made a person rich.
And aren’t we all like that? Each of us has different priorities and a definition of wealth. Which just means we each can feel wealthy in whatever circumstance we are. There will always be someone with more money –and with less. How blessed we are if we’re content with what we have. With the Apostle Paul, we can say, "I have learned to be content..." (Philippians 4:11). I'm so glad he said "learned"!