And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
When I was little I collected rocks and clowns. I kept the rocks on my dressing table and the clowns were ceramic ones or posters of clowns. Then, I got married. Time to grow up! Except I still collected things… just not rocks or clowns.
We are constantly bombarded with advertisements – on the Internet, TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, in the daily mailbox, etc. Advertising is designed to turn our thinking to the exact opposite of Luke 12:15. Advertising tells us that we
want, need more: bigger, better, stronger.
Of course, this desire to want more, bigger, better manifests itself differently in different people. As a Stay-At-home mum, content on one-income, it was almost easy to delude myself that this didn’t really apply to me. After all, I didn’t want the fancy priced leather lounge or the large LCD TV screen. Those things weren’t all that important to me. But… substitute the word ‘possessions’ for books and ouch!
“Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of one’s books.
We are ready to back into Term 4- the final term for 2011. I have de-cluttered my house and gotten it ready for the new term. I’m learning (Note: Operative word is ‘learning) to live the message – Give It, Sell It or Throw It Away.
Oh Father, turn my heart to You, away from the world and its trappings and toward You. Help me to follow You… may my life reflect Your word.
What do you collect?
Is there an area of your life that needs to be de-cluttered? Meditate upon this verse throughout the coming week.