Stuff, stuff, and more stuff. If you watch much
television, you see countless commercials for all sorts of things they
would like for you to think that you just have to have--and the
sooner the better, too. Then you go to school or to play with your friends,
and they possess something you'd like to have, too. It goes on and on--this
temptation for you to get more stuff. Perhaps you already have so much
stuff that you can't quite figure out where you should put it all. Maybe
you need a bigger storage area or a bigger house for your
Jesus once told a story about a rich man which
should shed some light on this subject:
You see, what Jesus was trying to teach us is that, while it's okay to have the things we need and even some of things we want in addition to what we need, we shouldn't focus all of our attention on those things. Why not? Because someday when our earthly lives are over, we will not be taking that stuff with us. This is why the rich man was called a fool. It is foolish to concentrate on all the things which won't last into eternity and ignore the eternal things which really matter. Most importantly, God should be the focus of our attention. He is the One who allows us to have all the things which we possess right now, anyway!
Always remember that God loves you and He is the One you should place first in your life—not your stuff or the desire to get more. After all, when your earthly life is over, you can't take it with you. But if you've lived your life for God according to His Word, He will always be with you.
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