It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
The best gift a father can give to his children is the gift of himself-his time. For material things mean little if there is not someone to share them with.
Covetousness, or the desire to have more than one has (not necessarily through envy of somebody else) not only leads to strife but also expresses a fundamentally wrong philosophy of life, according to which possessions are all that really matter.
Chesterton wrote, “There are two ways to get enough; one is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” How does this translate into our worship life as Christians? If thoughts of material things command the greater part of our attention and energy, can we really be serving and worshipping the Master as we should? I find that as I ascribe worth and honour to our loving and sovereign God, he allows me to desire less of the distractions, less of the other gods. But the struggle for the throne continues.
If you are feeling cluttered in your life, ask yourself this question. ‘Do I have a spiritual closet full of boxes of spiritual gifts, treasures, insights and lessons that have been untouched and unused in years?’ If so, share these insights with others! Utilize them in your life today! Clear the closet!
Take a look at your own heart, and you will soon find out what has stuck to it and where your treasure is. It is easy to determine whether hearing the Word of God, living according to it, and achieving such a life gives you as much enjoyment and calls forth as much diligence from you as does accumulating and saving money and property.