Any so-called material thing that you want is merely a symbol: you want it not for itself, but because it will content your spirit for the moment. --Mark Twain
What good does it do for people to win the whole world yet lose their lives? ~Mark 8.36
Recently, one of my co-workers told me of trading his paid off truck in on one that he was going to be making 6 years worth of payments on. I noticed two things:
1. I wasn't jealous (really)
2. I felt sorry for him
Don't get me wrong, I can appreciate new cars as much as the next guy and would love to have something with nicer than what I have sometimes - but it's a lot easier to deal with when I ask myself this question: "Once the "new" has worn off, will I still be paying for this?"
I've been a slave to it in the past. The excitement of feeding the demon with new "stuff" - things that I could brag about and show off to all my "friends" (who were never as taken with my recent acquisition or me as I thought they should be).
Stuff, Toys, Things, Stuff...
Never enough. Never as thrilling as the purchase itself or the hours spent online researching - justifying myself as a "smart shopper". Never satisfied, always convincing myself that there's always room for more...
I'm sure my pontification about all my toys wore some to the bone - but they never uttered it.
It's nice to grow up a bit and find contentment in my family and things that cant be seen yet are as tangible as a brick wall - peace, love and a decent night's rest.
I'm thankful for what I have and am becoming thankful for the blessing of not having most of what I used to think I wanted.
Time to be FREE.