There is always something new on the market that everyone has to have, whether it is a new car, or designer clothing, the latest and greatest phone or computer. Now don’t get me wrong, I like nice things and I really like to dress well. I always feel better when I have a new outfit on when going out into the world and it used to be very important to me that people viewed me in a certain way.
I finally came to realize that material things were not so important in my 40’s. I had become a very successful business woman making enough money as a single mom to raise my children and send them to college, run my own business and have a nice home, car etc. But even after achieving so much I was not happy. The material things did not make me fulfilled. I would go on a shopping spree and buy myself whatever I wanted, thinking that the stuff would make me happy. The excitement/fulfillment only lasts for awhile until the newness wares off. Then what? buy more stuff? When the economy turned ugly in 2008/2009 I looked around my home at all of my stuff I had accumulated over the years and realized it was not going to pay my electric bill or buy my food or make my house payment. I like many people had gotten caught up in the material world.
It took me a long time to realize that you come into this world with nothing and you leave with nothing. You can’t take it with you. I learned that what was most important in life was to love people, not stuff.
I think what really made me realize how unimportant stuff was is when my older sister died. She had a beautiful home with lots of stuff that she had accumulated over her time here on earth. She had been in an unhappy marriage for years but would never leave as she would always tell me” well what about all of my stuff? I may loose it all if I leave or relocate?” My sister died of Leukemia a couple years ago. Her husband sold all of her stuff.
Matthew 6:19-21 reads: Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and thieves brake in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
My hope is that by reading this you can also figure out what is important and maybe chill out on all the stuff that society says you must have to be happy. In the end the stuff does not bring happiness and you definitely can’t take it with you to heaven. That is where my sister is now and I know she has found true happiness with the Lord.