Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Desiring What You Don't Have

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. Epicurus

My friend Amy (name changed to protect the not-so-innocent) never seems to be satisfied. She is obsessed with her iPhone. Or, rather, the next version coming out. She will talk for weeks about all of the great features and how she can't wait for the release date. But, once she gets it, the shiny new toy quickly dulls and she's soon anxiously awaiting the newer version. Instead of appreciating the amazing new gadget, it is quickly "not enough".

I don't begrudge her having the latest and greatest, but I do feel sad that she can't enjoy what's right in front of her. That is not a recipe for happiness or satisfaction. The Bible says that always wanting more is like chasing the wind - there is no meaning to it. It doesn't enhance your life or anyone else's life. And isn't that why we are here? To make the world a better place and praise God?

Instead of always wanting more, God wants us to use what we have to glorify His name. We should find pleasure in that action rather than our possessions.

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