Monday, August 22, 2011

don't look at me...

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”

If I did not have the responsibility of being a father or a husband, I could easily sell my possessions and give it all to the poor—storing up treasures in heaven instead.

Yes, that thought popped into my head yesterday.

(And not for the first time.)

In this warped sense of reality that is my brain, you see, I can convince myself that my need to live in a nice neighborhood, save for retirement, go on vacation, etc. is driven solely by my love of family. If it wasn’t for them, I could rid myself of worldly possessions and live the simple life God intended.

But you know better, Lord, don’t you.

2 comments:

Kansas Bob said...

Many of us beat ourselves up over our possessions Ed. I think that the rich man's issue was that he loved his stuff. Loving money and stuff is a heart issue for many of us. Heard it once that the issue is whether we own the stuff or the stuff owns us. And truthfully, wealth is relative. If I sold all I have and gave it away I would still be richer that most of the world.

Ed G. said...

@KB. Good words. Definitely don't feel owned by stuff, which is a good thing!