Archive for November 7th, 2007

The Bondage of Materialism

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Why do we get sucked into the trap of materialism?

I mean,

  • I have an iPod – it’s not the newest one.
  • I have a  cell phone – not an iPhone
  • I have a laptop – not an intel chip macbook
  • I have a car – not a Cooper Mini
  • I have a house – not a mansion
  • I have a TV – not a 52″ plasma screen with surround sound

Why is what we have never enough?  Why do we get so weighed down with the burden of feeling like we have to have bigger, better, faster?

I love the quote by Immanuel Kant

“Give a man everything he wants and at that moment everything is not everything”

1 Timothy 6:6 talks about “Godliness with contentment is great gain”

Maybe the great gain is that we get our life back.  We no longer are owned by the things that we have striven for for so long.

Lord, help me be content.  Help those that I pastor to be content.  Help us not to drive ourselves into the ground trying to achieve the status of  “having it all”.