Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
Jesus replied, “Man who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on guard against all kinds if greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”‘
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’- Luke 12:13-20
There is more to life than our possessions. There is more to wealth than our possessions. A few years ago, my husband and I had our house broken into. It was simply electronics and video games that were stolen. Instead of being upset, we were grateful our house was not ransacked and our dog was not injured.
This year, we experienced massive flooding in our town. We lost our basement and the majority of our contents from the basement. Again, we are grateful for our lives and the strength we have in each other.
Studies have shown that the countries with the happiest people are some of the poorest countries. Yet countries and people who amass great wealth are often miserable. Money does not buy happiness.
Having my basic needs met and being able to share them with the ones I love are the most important to me.
Thanks be to God!