Fact of the day: according to a survey a few years ago, 71% of people in China said they thought success meant having a lot of expensive things. At that point, Chinese people bought 30% (a 1/3) of all luxury items in the world (luxury items are super expensive, top of the line things like watches, purses, shoes–that cost thousands of dollars).
God warns us about being too concerned about things –having a lot of stuff definitely does not make you happy, content, or at peace. Studies show that lottery winners have problems with keeping friends, getting sad or depressed, and a 1/3rd of them go bankrupt. The 10th Commandment tells us to not covet, to not want things that other people have–to not be jealous of other’s good fortune. God also tells us that things on earth are not important at all compared to what’s ahead of us.
Keep your lives free from the love of money. And be satisfied with what you have.
Hebrews 13:5 (ERV)
Dear Lord, Forgive me for wanting cool new things. Forgive me when I’m jealous of what other people have. Help me to be content with the blessings you’ve given me. Help me to be more generous and share what I have. Amen.