As I was approaching fifty years old I sought the wisdom of my elders. I sought out men and women older than I was to learn lessons on life that they had been learning.
Monday I began a series entitled A Treasure Chest Of Wisdom, including:
1. Don’t Hold Grudges
2. Take Care Of Your Health.
3. Compassion Makes Sense and Giving Is Better Than Taking
Today is the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday. A nationwide marketing “holiday” to trigger sales in anticipation of holiday gift-giving and gatherings.
While some of the wise people I interviewed have substantial money saved and invested, it was clear that money, wealth, riches and material goods do not provide any sense of contentment.
In fact, our greed is a trap.
Greed Gains Momentum
Our insecure distorted thinking includes greed.
Our greed is “normal”, but it’s also cultivated.
Cultivated because of someone else’s greed.
Ads on television
Ads on web pages
Ads on the radio
Ads in your mailbox
Ads in your inbox
Ads in movie theaters
Ads embedded in youtube videos
Ads embedded in “free” apps
Ads embedded in movies and televisions shows as “product placements”
Those ads are meant to prompt our desire for more.
Those ads are meant to salve our wounds of having less.
Those ads are meant to feed our greed.
We were created not to be greedy, but godly. Because “godliness accompanied with contentment (that contentment which is a sense of inward sufficiency) is great and abundant gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and obviously we cannot take anything out of the world…” 1
Greed can gain momentum, but fortunately so can godliness.
“There is a better way,” and that’s mysilentscream.
1 – 1 Timothy 6:6-7, AMP