Summary: It was Bob Dylan who said, everybody worships something and he was right. Many times, that has led to the drive for more. The more we have, the more we want, and when that doesn’t bring happiness we want all the more.
Finding Contentment in a World Built for Greed
Luke 12:13-15, 20-21
The goal of the Game of Life is to get married, have kids, and try to accumulate as much wealth as possible so that you can become a millionaire. It teaches the lesson that the one with the most toys wins. The Game of Life portrays a truth of our capitalist society which in many respects is built on the idea of greed. But it also teaches us that this life is about you and your happiness and that comes from getting more: more money, more power, more square footage, more clothes, more shoes, more cars. And yet most people have a level of discontent in their lives in such pursuits. There are alot of things that make us discontent: like “For sale” signs in front of homes we can’t quite afford. Want ads for cars that are nicer and newer than what I drive. Going to people’s homes where they have much nicer furniture or really cool surround sound systems. Or seeing your friend in the latest designer fashions and looking like a million bucks. I may not know what it is for you but I guarantee that there’s something that brings on the feelings of discontent for you. Discontent can steal your joy. If we want to be joy-FULL, somehow we’ll have to find contentment in our present situation.
We’ve been looking at the 7 simple truths of life. Today’s truth is God must be our God. Well, who or what is your God? It was Bob Dylan who said, everybody worships something and he was right. Many times, that has led to the drive for more. The more we have, the more we want, and when that doesn’t bring happiness we want all the more. A study was done at the turn of the last century of some of the wealthiest men in the world. Most were unsatisfied and unhappy. When they were asked what they needed for happiness the answer was always the same: just a little bit more. Do you now that almost all of the lottery winners have ended up broke, depressed and unhappy, wishing they had never won the money. And we think, then just give it to me and I’ll be happy. Somewhere along the way we have to own up to the fact that these things don’t bring happiness. 1 Timothy 6 tells us that the pursuit of things at all costs, causes much grief So why do we have this unhealthy drive for more? One reason is advertising. We are constantly bombarded with ads which are aimed at getting us to buy more stuff. In fact, our entire economy is built on you spending more on more stuff you want but don’t need. You turn on the TV and there are commercials. You log on to the Internet and its full of ads. You drive down the highway nothing but billboards. You open the mail and it’s a catalog. You answer the phone and it’s a telemarketer. It’s constant. The average American will be exposed to more than 1,000,000 advertisements in their lifetime that promise happiness and an easier life if you just had that new exercise machine, new sweeper, the right tan or the right makeup or the right clothes or the right car.