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.” – Luke 12:15
There is something missing when we’re always focused upon the next thing to purchase, or something else we feel that we “need.” Certainly there are the obvious and practical purchases: food, clothing, television, radio, computer, and other basics like these, but I’m not referring to the basics of which most homes have within them; I’m talking about a sense of believing everything will be better or “right” if we just have that particular dress, jacket, shoes, IPAD, smart phone, car, ring, jewelry, purse, etc.
Are we living happily within our means? Are we satisfied with the material possessions that we have, or do we find ourselves always needing more? Thankfully, I’ve reached a point in my life in that I’m quite contented with what I have materially. I don’t need a brand new vehicle and my home and property are modest and paid for. It feels good not to have to make some mortgage payment until I die.
Certainly I could live in a fancier house, but I would have to work so hard away from it just to pay for something like that– no thanks. I’ve got enough clothing to have a nice outfit or three to wear to church or meet someone for dinner.
The only thing I really feel that we lack here is a good handyman (chuckle) perhaps. The limbs need trimming badly and the barn needs a good remodel/repainting. At any rate, I’m just so glad that I don’t have to be constantly “keeping up with the next door neighbors” in terms of always having the next or better material possession or the other. Life is simple, in this regard, and I love it this way!
I’m focused on the smaller things, the more important, really meaningful things: time with my young daughter, watching her grow up day by day and attempting to be there for her every step of the way, time spent with my beloved animals and friends; there is just no substitute for these in any store.
- Covet, Want, Take (Some Time) (inkhammer.wordpress.com)
- Are You Kidding Me? (shakespearesgal2.wordpress.com)
- A Caution for Black Friday (ilyston.wordpress.com)
- Coveting – the original sin and struggle (thebrooklynfield.wordpress.com)