As a boy, I remember going to Thrifty’s five & dime for ice cream. It was a nickel a scoop. Someone could have a cone with four scoops of ice cream for less than a quarter. Of course I was not that greedy, and would get two, or occasionally three scoops, under parental supervision of course. Can you have too much of a good thing? I had opportunity to learn that lesson when I saw a kid with a quarters worth of ice cream towering above his cone. Five stories of goodness passing by made my mouth water with a bit of jealousy. However, a child’s hand, is not a stable foundation for faulty towers. Clean up on isle 5 please! O the tears that follow fallen dreams of more!
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. (I Timothy 6:6 NKJV)
Then someone thought we needed more flavors, thirty-something flavors. It’s exciting to have plenty of options. In fact, it is portrayed that those with many options have achieved a degree of success. I’ve stood there, for hours it seems, at the counter, looking over the various flavors, where vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry, seem so passé. There are miniature spoons to taste the new concoctions. How do you choose between them all?
When we came into the world, we brought nothing. And when we die, we can take nothing out. So, if we have food and clothes, we will[should] be satisfied with that. (1 Timothy 6:7, 8 ERV)
I see the same desire for MORE in the eyes of my children. And I’m a part of the reason it’s there. It seems to be part of the American Dream – to want more for our children than we had. The difficulty with more is that we wind up with more to take care of, more to protect, more to spend time with. In our home that can sometimes sound like this – “you’ve got your junk strewn all over the house! How many times have I told you to pick up this mess! No wonder we never have time to do anything as a family!” And the kids are just as bad as I am.
Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. (1 Timothy 6:6, 8 NLT)
I think the Devil enjoys seeing the desire for more so well developed in God’s children. After all, he wanted more. He got Adam and Eve to want more. I’d say he’s masterful at breeding discontentment so that we are so carried away with our desires that we no longer have time for the things that are most important; time with God and family.
Time to weigh in the balances; the things that lead to heaven we’ll keep, the things that lead away, we’ll let go of!