Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Even when I've sincerely turned to God in faith, the pursuit of things has tripped me up.
My first house was a great investment: Only $10,000 with a monthly mortgage payment of $100. I congratulated myself on being so financially astute.
But a door-to-door carpet salesman changed all that. Carpet was my house's only real deficiency. And upon showing me a sample of sea-foam green, stain resistant carpet, I was hooked. I simply had to have it. I didn't have the money to pay for it, so the salesman arranged for me to have credit.
But after I had the new carpet installed, I noticed how ratty my furniture looked. Before I knew it, I was lost in the tide of materialism.
What I thought would bring me respect and comfort made me a slave. Be careful about what becomes important in your life.
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." - Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.