1930) Less is More

Related image

“Life is About Relationship, Not Acquisition,” by Rick Warren, July 17, 2018 at:  http://www.pastorrick.org

     Life is not about things.  You’ve got to maintain the right perspective about possessions, or you’ll be possessed by your possessions.  You’ve got to realize none of it is going to last.

     Jesus says in Luke 12:15, “Watch out and guard yourselves from every kind of greed; because your true life is not made up of the things you own, no matter how rich you may be” (GNT).

     Never judge your self-worth by your net worth.  Never think your value is related to your valuables.  Realize that the greatest things in life aren’t things.  You didn’t bring anything into the world, and you’re not taking anything out of it.  Life is not about acquisition or achievement.  Life is about relationship and learning how to love God and other people.

     The best way to remember that your life is not about things is to build your life on eternal priorities.  Focus on what will last forever.  Every possession is temporary, so don’t build your life on acquiring possessions.  Only two things are going to last forever: the Word of God and people.

     You’ve got a choice to make.  The world is telling you that you’ve got to get more to be happier, more successful, more important, more valuable, and more secure.  You’ve got to decide if you’re going to listen to Madison Avenue or the Master.  Are you going to listen to culture or Christ?  Are you going to listen to the world or the Word?

     One will make you dissatisfied the rest of your life; one will make you truly happy.  Before you can move toward financial freedom, you have to ask yourself, “What is the primary purpose of my life?  To just get more?  What do I think about, talk about, and give my most to?  What am I living my life for?”

     There was a famous millionaire in Orange County who took her own life many years ago.  At the funeral somebody said, “I don’t understand it.  She had so much to live for.”  I thought, “No.  She had so much to live on.  She had nothing to live for.”

     You may have a lot to live on, but do you have anything to live for?  Do you have a relationship with God?  The myth of the world is that you can have it all.  The truth is that you can’t have it all.  And more importantly, you don’t need it all to be happy.  You’re as happy as you choose to be.

     The secret of contentment is finding your security and your satisfaction not in what you have but in whose you are.  You find it in Christ.

     Psalm 17:15 says, “But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth but in seeing you and knowing all is well between us.  And when I awake in heaven, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face-to-face” (TLB).

——————————

A similar (though incomplete) message is in the country classic “A Satisfied Mind,” written by Red Hays and Jack Rhodes, and first released in 1954.   Porter Wagoner’s recording of it was a #1 Country hit in 1955.  It has been recorded by many others since then, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson, and The Byrds.   Below are the lyrics and Willie Nelson’s recording of it on his 2011 album”Remember Me, Volume 1.”

How many times have you heard someone say,
“If I had money, I would do things my way.”
But little they know, that it’s so hard to find
One rich man in ten, with a satisfied mind…
Once I was waiting in fortune and fame
Everything that I dreamed of to get a start in life’s game
But suddenly it happened I lost every dime
But I’m richer by far with a satisfied mind…
Money can’t buy back all your youth when you’re old, 
A friend when you’re lonely, or peace to your soul.
The wealthiest person, is a pauper at times
Compared to the man with a satisfied mind…
When my life is over and my time has run out,
My friends and my loved ones, I will leave there’s no doubt.
But one thing’s for certain, when it comes my time,
I’ll leave this old world with a satisfied mind.
But one thing’s for certain, when it comes my time,
I’ll leave this old world with a satisfied mind mind mind, mind mind,
Satisfied mind.
————–

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbzF9_8HQUI

**************************************************

Colossians 3:2  —  Set your minds on things above, and not on earthly things.

Proverbs 11:28  —  Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.

Psalm 17:15b  —  When I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.

Luke 12:15  —  (Jesus) said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

**************************************************

Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.  The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

–Job 1:21