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Affluenza

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Take heed and beware of
covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he
possesses. —Luke 12:15

As people in affluent
societies stock up on Blackberrys and flat-panel TVs, it’s hard to deny the
increasing wealth in many parts of the world. You might call it “affluenza.”
There is anxiety, however, amid so much prosperity. It is the economic “puzzle
of our time,” said Robert J. Samuelson in The Washington Post. I
wonder if this is true because we are attempting to find security in “more
stuff”—stuff that is temporary and fleeting.

The Bible calls the pursuit
of more stuff “greed.” Jesus warned His followers about greed by telling a
story about a rich man. The problem with this rich man was not that he had an
abundance of bumper crops, or that he decided to build more storage space (Luke
12:16-18). The problem was that he invested his entire life in his possessions
(v.15). He drew his security from his material goods and failed to be “rich
toward God” (v.21). Rejecting the knowledge and precepts of God as the basis
for life made him a fool. He was living for the moment while presuming on the
future (vv.19-20).

The “good life” cannot be
found in things. Instead of seeking our security by acquiring “more stuff,” may
we find true satisfaction by investing our resources and our lives in and for
His kingdom. —Marvin
Williams

He possessed all the world
had to give him,
He had reached every coveted goal;
But, alas, his life was a failure,
For he had forgotten his soul. —Denison

Poverty of purpose is worse
than poverty of purse.
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