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Something I Can Never Have

Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

My son Josh loves cars.  Through his teens years he slowly but enthusiastically spread his enthusiasm to me, and to the rest of our household. 

We watch “car shows” together. We laugh at the mishaps. We marvel at the technology. We skills oh and ah at the power, and drool when we see certain cars.

Certainly then I must drive a nice car.
You jest!
I drive a 1996 Plymouth Voyager. 

I love mini vans; there’s not a lot of “cool” factor, but they are amazingly versatile. This particular mini van has worked very well over the years.  I’ve been grateful to have it.  I’m not certain how long that will continue.
– The windshield is sealed with metal tape.
– Only one of the two sliding doors works.
– The other sliding door comes off the track.
– I can no longer use the window on the drivers side, but that’s an improvement…
– … For months I couldn’t use the driver’s side door.
– The rear door works, but chunks of rust fall off with every use.
As I said, I’m not certain how long this formerly reliable Voyager will last.

So, Josh and I look around for “my next vehicle.” Josh and I troll through Craigslist. We wander through We enjoy seeing all the great looking cars.

But, personally, I can’t look for long. It doesn’t take long before envy takes over.
– I envy those people with great looking, classic or unique cars.
– I lust after what Trent Reznor called “Something I Can Never Have”: 1

I just want something
I just want something
I can never have

Yesterday I introduced the theme “chains that lock us down.
One of the most destructive chains is envy. defines envy as “a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, success, possessions, etc.” Yup, that’s me.

2005 Pontiac GTO, yes, I wish I had one. 2  >>>  

1972 Buick Skylark convertible,
I wish I had one.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro,
I wish I had one.

1962 Chevrolet Corvette,
I wish I had one.

2012 Ford Mustang convertible,
I wish I could give one to my wife!

Envy is a chain of discontent.
If we don’t appreciate what we have, we’ll never enjoy anything.
If we always need to next new thing, we’ll never enjoy anything.

We fantasize “if I ___, then I’d be happy.”
We worry that we won’t be.
Like happiness is “Something I Can Never Have.”

Jesus Christ said, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
So don’t worry about these things,
saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?

And why worry…your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously,
and he will give you everything you need.

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.
Today’s trouble is enough for today. 3

Let’s embrace God and fight off the chain of envy!


1 – Nine Inch Nail’s “Something I Can Never Have
2 – Image from Wikipedia
3 – Matthew 6:27-34, NLT

Bring on the comments

  1. Thank you. Its nice to know im not alone in the struggle with car envy.

  2. I also think envy can be positive..if used properly. For example, I tend to envy those who are successful. This then, is my motivation to work harder so that I too can be successful. My ambition.

  3. ’62 Corvette
    ’69 Camaro
    ’72 Skylark
    ’77 Firebird
    etc etc etc
    Thanks Josh for reading and contributing!

  4. I do like to admire successful people for some of the same reasons.

    For example:
    Wayne is wise, so I try to learn how to be more thoughtful. And, I pray for wisdom.
    Erica is empathetic, so I try to learn how to be more considerate. And, I pray for a tender heart.

    And, you’re a quick and capable learner — I’ve always admired that — those will be helpful as you succeed!

  5. […] We worry that we won’t be. […]

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