Monday, August 18, 2014

My Beautiful Life: Day 18

Joy Comes from Him
In America, we live in a society that mainly focuses on materialistic possessions. Fancy cars, nice clothes, and good looking people. They tell us that we will experience happiness if we buy this new make-up product  or buy this high definition flat screen television. We are intrigued and start to want these things, yet we fail to realize that these things are only temporary. Eventually we will want more materialistic possessions to fill the growing emptiness within us. We work harder and harder to buy more. We fuel our happiness by buying “stuff”. Then, when we run out of fuel, we buy even more “stuff”. This cycle of finding happiness with “stuff” will eventually wear us out. We will eventually get to a point where we are on overload. What happens when you keep filling up the tank of your car? It starts overflowing. This vicious cycle will eventually control your life. Many people are living their lives like this and don't even know it. This overflow of stuff will push you further and further away from your relationship with God. Why? Because true joy does not come from “stuff”, it comes from living in alignment with God's plan for your life. There is nothing wrong with having nice things, but when these things become the focus of your life, and replace God in your heart, then you have a problem. There is so much noise and temptations out there in this world, we can easily become influenced by the wrong things. Stay focused on pleasing God. Stop chasing money to buy you happiness. Each of us have this decision to make. What does having happiness mean in your life? Does happiness come from materialistic possessions or the intangible aspects of life - such as love, appreciation, warmth, kindness, and peace? Everything you need for a life of joy your Heavenly Father has already given to you.  All you have to do is receive His love.

Matthew 6:19-21
Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

1 John 2:17
And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

A Prayer for Today
Heavenly Father, please help us to spend wisely and not excessively. Please break the bondage of conspicuous consumption over our nation. Help us to be better stewards of the resources You have blessed us with. Holy Spirit, please help us to be more disciplined with our lifestyles. Help us to learn to be content with what we have instead of always wanting more. Please forgive us for any greed, selfish ambition, idolatry, conceit and arrogance. Forgive us for loving things and placing them over You. Forgive us for not being good stewards of Your blessings. Thank You for loving us in spite of our wrongdoing.