Extravagance has seldom been a temptation for me.
I remember a time long ago when I was invited to an Amway meeting. I had no idea what I was getting into but I attended the meeting because a friend invited me. There was a few minutes of socializing at the beginning of the evening and then the twelve of us were asked to sit in a circle. A well dressed husband and wife team led the meeting and the first question that they asked the group was, “if you could drive any car you wanted, what would it be?” I had never given this question a second’s thought up to that point but unfortunately for the leaders, I happened to be the first person to the right so I was asked to speak first. The only car I could think of was the one that my mother drove around town.
“I would like to drive a red Volkswagon.”
Well, let me tell you, the two leaders were NOT impressed with my answer so, they tried again. “Think big, Diane. (We had name tags on) What’s your dream car?”
I looked at the leaders and honestly answered, “I don’t dream about cars.”
I suppose I was a real party pooper at evening. I’m not sure that particular meeting ever recovered and I never went to another Amway meeting again.
The thing is that I’ve never spent a lot of time dreaming about cars or houses or designer clothes or vacations or anything else material, for that matter.
Simplicity has always been attractive and freeing to me.
Is over-the-top pride in “things” really what young people aspire to? Does an opulent lifestyle really entice the next generation? Do they really think that money is the answer to a full life? Well, there’s artists and musicians and motivational speakers and even parents out there feeding these lies to our children.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not against wealth. Some people have the gift of earning great amounts of it but with this ability comes great responsibility. I’ve seen good people love others well with their wealth. It’s not money that dishonors God – it’s the love of it.
For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 1 Timothy 6.10
But it’s always been this way, hasn’t it? From the beginning of time, being happy because of all the stuff we own and the money we earn has been an ongoing, stale, empty and destructive lie that this world has offered.
MAKE A MOMENT TO MUSE
- What brings real security in life?
- What “stuff” tempts you the most?
- What does it mean to you to “be in the world but not of it?”
speak truth: And he said to them, “Take care and be on guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. Luke 12.15