16 January 2017

Everything I needed to Know – Having is not so Pleasing as Wanting

Greetings Dear Reader,

Once again we are confronted with a truth that is not logical.  We want so much more than we need.  We desire things that are not good for us.  It is not that it is wrong to desire things but that desire must be held in perspective.

It is that drive to consume that we must avoid.  It is the culture of more that contributes to our destruction.  We want and acquire then those acquisitions do not satisfy.  We repeat this futile exercise.  We gather and hoard.  For some it is destruction of their lives.   

The line one must watch is that line between the justice of things earned and the gaining of things out of greed.  Knowing where the line is becomes a vigilance we must keep.  The love of things is always one sided.  The love of power destroys us.  The love of money leads to evil.

It is not seeking things that I want that matters.  It is seeking Christ and drawing closer to him that must drive me.  Having the next thing does not satisfy.  Having many things becomes a burden.  Having Christ as my only possession makes me “richer than a king’s exchequer.

The Things We Leave Behind – Michael Card

There sits Simon, so foolishly wise
Proudly he's tending his nets
Then Jesus calls and the boats drift away
And all that he owns he forgets

But more than the nets, he abandoned that day
He found that his pride was soon drifting away
And it's hard to imagine the freedom we find
From the things we leave behind

Matthew was mindful of taking the tax
And pressing the people to pay
Hearing the call, he responded in faith
And followed the light and the way

And leaving the people so puzzled he found
The greed in his heart was no longer around and
And it's hard to imagine the freedom we find
From the things we leave behind

Every heart needs to be set free
From possessions that hold it so tight
'Cause freedom's not found in the things that we own
It's the power to do what is right

With Jesus, our only possession
And giving becomes our delight
And we can't imagine the freedom we find
From the things we leave behind

We show a love for the world in our lives
By worshiping goods we possess
Jesus has laid all our treasures aside
And love God above all the rest

'Cause when we say no, to the things of the world
We open our hearts to the love of the Lord and
It's hard to imagine the freedom we find
From the things we leave behind

And when we say no, to the things of the world
We open our hearts to the love of the Lord and
It's hard to imagine the freedom we find
From the things we leave behind
Oh, and it's hard to imagine the freedom we find
From the things we leave behind

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”

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