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When we buy stuff, the end result is we have to take care of it. Store it. Clean it. Back it up. The more stuff we have, the more work is involved and the more stressed we can become because of it. This fact is magnified when the stuff we buy is junk.
The first and greatest commandment is to love God. The second is to love people. Great danger arises from confusing this order.
When we love men more than God, we lose even the true meaning of love. Its foundation is swept away. We reduce it to a mere feeling, with all the attendant malleability of emotions. In our misguided love without obedience to God and His Word, we are in truth without love.
Take all my cravings for vain recognition Fleshly indulgence and worldly ambition I want so much Lord to make You the focus To serve You in secret and never be noticed
The money quote (ha! get it?) from this Businessweek article on a recent Federal Reserve report on the financial state of U.S. households:
Just 45 percent of upper-middle-class households (income from $75,000 to $99,999) saved anything in 2012, according to the Fed study. That means the other 55 percent didn’t save for a house, retirement, or education. About 16 percent spent more than they earned and went further into debt. The report highlights the consequences of these hand-to-mouth habits: Only half of these households had enough savings to finance three months of living expenses if they lost their job or couldn’t work. A $400 emergency would force about 20 percent of them into months of debt.
This is contrary to how God wants us to live. Consider just these Bible verses:
The clutter is a sign, a symptom. I’m avoiding the work, some of it because it’s hard and I’m not sure how to do it, some because it’s boring and doesn’t interest me, and some because I keep forgetting to get it done on a regular basis, mainly because it’s mixed up with everything else.
[The Cubs are] building an offense from within and a pitching staff from spare parts. This flies in the face of more than a century of conventional baseball wisdom, which states that (1) pitching wins championships, and (2) a team can never have too much pitching. The Cubs’ approach is completely counterintuitive. It’s also completely right.
This isn’t the year. And maybe not next year. But soon.
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:9-11)
Eighteen years ago, as my friend and I parted our separate ways to college, the reference to these verses are what he wrote inside the front cover of a devotional he gave me. I never considered them before; I have recalled them to mind often since. They have encouraged me and I have used them to try to encourage others. There is so much power in God’s Word. There is so much power in giving it away.