“Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”
Jesus went on to tell the crowd a parable in which a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest goes on to build larger barns to store it all for himself. He then rejoices in his riches and says to himself, “Rest, eat, drink, be merry!” But God’s response is, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?” One of the false programs for happiness that is hard to shake is the belief that if we just gathered more stuff…just had a bigger bank account…a bigger 401(k)…just had the latest fancy car…just had that latest techno-gadget…then we would be perfectly happy. But as the saying goes, “You can’t take it with you.” As someone else said to me recently, “You never see a U-Haul being pulled by a hearse.” None of our possessions will last. They tend to stand in the way of the only thing that does last: love. Jesus shows us that if you have compassion and freely share it by way of your time, talent and treasure…then you are truly rich.
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