“Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz”
written by singer Janis Joplin with the poets Michael McClure and Bob Neuwirth, and originally recorded by Joplin
While waiting for my daughter to finish practice, I bumped into another soccer dad who commented how it frustrated him that his children felt they were entitled to just about everything. They never seemed to be grateful.
I confess that I thoroughly understood his feelings. Maybe it’s the fixation on “self-esteem.” Maybe it’s television. It doesn’t really matter.
However, I began to wonder how many of us treat God that way.
Dear God, I want a bigger, better, newer [whatever]. Amen.
Do we see God like an omnipotent Amazon.com and heaven as the ultimate “fulfillment center” with delivery promised by tomorrow if we pray today before close of business?
Maybe it would be better if we asked God what He wants for us. Trust in Him and then be grateful.
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Pope Francis created mayhem in Brazil when the driver of the Fiat he was in made a wrong turn, and his car was mobbed. To the chagrin of security officials, he had traveled simply in a charter flight without the bulletproof popemobile.
Word is he carried his own luggage.
He still refuses the Papal residence, staying in a modest guesthouse.
He dispenses with the fleet of Mercedes Benz (and apparently chauffer), and instead drives a 2008 Ford Focus.
At first I had a problem with that.
I drive a 2007 Ford Focus.
But then I figured – hey, he’s the Pope. It’s okay if his car is newer than mine.
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