Sunday, November 25, 2012

Does More Stuff Make for a Better Life?

English: Santa Claus with a little girl Espera...
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Do not be overawed when others grow rich,
    when the splendor of their houses increases;
17 for they will take nothing with them when they die,
    their splendor will not descend with them.

Psalm 49:16-17
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          "Black Friday", the biggest shopping day of the year in the U.S., has come and gone.  Over the next few weeks consumers will be spending billions on material goods to be given as gifts to others or bought for themselves.  A boon for the economy, but perhaps a detriment to the soul.  

           Though touted as a season of good will toward others, it's difficult not to see a bit of the greed in this event that is meant to celebrate the birth of a Savior.  Companies are focused on the profits.  Employees clamor for bigger wages and more benefits.  Children are making their lists of what they want Santa to bring them.

           Sometimes Christmas seems more about the goods than about the good that we can find within us and others.   It doesn't take long for much of that stuff we've received at Christmas to end up stored away in closets, cluttering room space, or even ending up in the trash heap.  Can all of this increase really be considered gain?

            Perhaps it's time we think less about the presents and more about the Presence.  Life is short and passes quickly.  Enjoy the presence of family and friends and most of all, the presence of God.  The real reason for this season is not seeing how many more possessions we can accumulate.

But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.

1 Timothy 6:6-7

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  1. Thanks for the reminder .. I tend to forget sometimes.

  2. Perfectly expressed. We all have so much stuff, we have to rent storage facilities in which to store it. How ridiculous is that?

  3. What a great reminder! I am testing myself, Lee. Can I stay away from the mall this Christmas? So far bought tickets for the play, "War Horse" for my family on-line. No new wrapping paper, using maps and things I have to wrap gifts. Veterans and local causes will receive donations. Trying to be more thoughtful, not a frenetic shopper. And I did buy those slippers on your blog for my husband, but bought direct, would have given you credit if I had known.


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