New Life daily devotion - Apr. 1, 2011

I Am What I Earn
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”
Matthew 6:19

 

For many in our society, the scorecard for success in what they do is their monthly paycheck, and the trophies of success are the grown-up “toys” their earnings can purchase for them.  This “I-Am-What-I-Earn” myth, which tempts people to base their self-worth on the money and material goods they can accumulate is, in fact, an extension of the “I-Am-What-I-Do” myth.

The person trapped in this particular delusion of our culture’s mythology thinks: “If I could just work a little harder and longer this year, I will be able to upgrade my lease car to a newer and nicer model, and then I will be a success.”

This “I-Am-What-I-Earn” myth explodes in the light of reports from psychologists and counselors that the wealthiest in our society are often also the angriest.  Studies show that unbridled greed leads to unbridled hostility.  When we don’t have enough, we’re angry because we can’t buy all the toys we want.  And when we have more than we need, we’re angry because the toys we do buy don’t bring us the fulfillment we seek.  Each new purchase simply deters the angry from coming to terms with who we are apart from what we can accumulate.

Scripture teaches that a life preoccupied with collecting material possessions is the life of a fool.  Open your Bible and get acquainted with Jesus.  He’s the One who came to give real life and joy to the fullest.

“Please don’t ask me what the score is, I’m not even sure what the game is.” - Ashleigh Brilliant (1933-    )

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