More, More, More…..

Hebrews 13:5
Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, ” I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you, ” we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what.

How do you relate to material things? Do you often wish you had more? Do you feel that nothing can harm you because of what you have? What fears do you have about God letting you down?

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2 thoughts on “More, More, More…..

  1. Thanks for posting this. It’s so important to consider why we keep consuming more and more things when it doesn’t satisfy us in the long term. I can remember someone in a Bible study in high school describing a classmate who kept wanting the newest things with the full knowledge that the satisfaction was only going to be temporary with each item, so he’d have to buy something new all the time to be “happy.”
    I do often want more–specifically clothes and books because I can always get them for a good price at Angels’ Attic, Half Price Books, library book sales, and other places. I need to learn to read the books I have (or can check out of the library where I work) and enjoy the clothes I have. I’ve started dedicating more money to tithing and United Way as a substitute for clothes, but I often wonder it’s “enough.” Not “enough” to make a difference to the church or organization, but “enough” compared to what others give who have similar values or “enough” to be a good person. (Sorry for the tangent, but the discussion at Bible & Brew got me thinking about generosity and my motivations for giving.)
    Like you said, I often think that the things will protect me from harm, but that of course isn’t true. I would even consider things to be more than small knickknacks like clothes or books and to include other, more intangible things. I often feel I “should” (according to others) feel so fortunate for what I have (parents with graduate degrees, an exemplary rated 2nd-12th grade education, a college education paid for by my parents), so how can I have any “real” problems?

  2. “Studies find that people who place a higher value on money, possessions, and status tend to be less happy. Those with less materialistic values tend to be significantly happier.” (Happiness: A Very Short Introduction by Daniel M. Haybron)

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