…Life is not measured by how much you own. Luke 12:15 in The Bible
I read that message above and I can’t help but think, “yeah, but it’s feels good to own nice stuff”.
I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.
The desire to acquire bigger & better things, while already having “good enough” things is one of the most dangerous behaviors to contend with. Envy, greed and discontentment lead to all types of destructive behaviors.
Now don’t get me wrong here. It’s 100% okay to have beautiful, exotic, rare & shiny things. Our Creator gifted individuals with the ability to design such beauty. Our desire for beautiful things is only a reflection of how beautiful Heaven must be.
BUT-It’s when the desire for things & money become our main reason for existence, when it becomes the primary issue that keeps us up at night…that’s when we depress our souls…that’s when we need to pause & assess the inner workings of our heart & mind.
THE REMEDY: Pursue contentment instead of things. Pursuing contentment is an act of the will that can be nurtured by a few key activities:
- It’s the cure all for everything. So PRAY. Often and about all things.
- Ask yourself: Am I already being a good steward over all God has given me? This is not only about money but also about time, talent, people & yes, money. Do you Give, Save, Lend & Spend?
- Teach yourself to be grateful & learn how to find contentment in all that you already have because if you think about at one point, you likely “had to have it”.
- Set aside savings with a specific goal of being patient before acquiring a new thing.
Our relationship with money matters. Billy Graham once said: “Give me five minutes with a person’s checkbook, and I will tell you where their heart is.” If you can’t give when you have a little; God knows you won’t give when you have a lot.
Hold money & things loosely; hold relationships close. Then you will find yourself running over with blessings.