Today we are measured by so many things, we are measured by the activity on our stupid cell phones, the Fitbit on our arm, bra or body, the amount of money we have, the sports we participate in, what we eat or don’t eat, the award we receive, the size of our home and the constant acquisition of things. So many distractions.
In reality none of these things mean anything. You can’t take it with you, however it will sure take from you, it will rob you of all your joy, relaxation and happiness. The instant I want it now syndrome of our society is killing society’s love and pleasure in life. While people spend their money on this and that, they usually don’t even know what or why they have the big credit card bill.
What are you going to do with all that stuff, worse yet what will your kids do with all that stuff, its going to the dump you know, getting given away, or just gonna lay and rot on the earths surface. It will rob you and society one more time. It is just stuff. And stuff doesn’t shouldn’t be a barrier between ourself and life.
Our financial behavior comes into play here, what does God say about money, and how we use it. God provides what we need because we are his, he proves that all the time, our daily bread is truly Gods grace in the gift of grace itself. We cannot purchase that, we can not earn that either, we can only accept the gift of grace through the forgiveness that Christ offers us sinners.
He renews us each morning with his mercy, in Lametations chapter 3 God promises,
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end: they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. The Lord is my potion, “says my soul, ‘Therefore I will hope in him”. Lametations 3:22-24
Things don’t bring us happiness, people and relationships that are real will, God wants us to know each other to enjoy true friendship, friendship that excepts one another, praises one another and is not based on what we own or do not own.
The life of a Shepard must have been amazing, basking in the sunlight, watching over the flock, eating from the land, praising the Lord, sleeping soundly in the comfort of a blanket of stars. Proof that less is more. I believe we can have more with less. It’s ok to own things and be good stewards of what God gives you, since after all, all is God’s, he want you to own not be owned.