Don’t Love Things

A plaque on my wall reads, “The best things in life are not things.” Also, I often say, “Don’t love things, love people.” It has been said, “God is only interested in people.” Luke 12:16-20 tells the parable of a foolish man. Notice the absence of God, family, friends, and others. Notice the presence of I, me, and myself. He lived for himself and things and more things. He tore down and built things to store more things. He daily lived for his precious things. In this “ME” generation it seems we also have surrounded ourselves with many things. Things to sit on, things to cook on, and things to eat from. Things that clean, vacuum, microwave, and many instant things. Things that wash clothes and dishes. Things to amuse, things to give pleasure, things to watch, things to put together and things to take apart. Things for indoors, and things for outdoors. Things for each season, things for the garden, things for the kitchen, things for the bedroom, things for the den, and things for the garage. Gadget things that talk, give directions, and information. Flipping things on Smartphones and making selfies on cell phones or I-Pads. E-things, things to google, things on Facebook, things to text, things on email, and things on the Internet. Things to put into your ears, things to download and things to upload. Things on four wheels, things on two wheels, and things on three wheels. Things that recalculate. Things for walking, things to push, things to pull, things to carry, and plastic things that buy more things. Then as they sit and think of their things, they think of more things to add to their things. It seems that this generation exists for things and more things. But notice the end of the parable. “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be…? (Luke 12:20). He was a hard working farmer, but he was a fool because he lived for things. When he died, there was only one thing put into the casket – him! He left but all his many things remained. So the meaning of the parable is “The best things in life are not things, but people.” Don’t let God, family, friends and others be absent in your life. Don’t die as a fool who lived for temporal things! No one ever died saying, “I wish I had spent more time at the office.” Times with family and friends is more important than things. Things cannot return your love. Love gives, but does not take. “For God so loved the world (people) He gave…” (John 3:16). Make the days ahead the best you have ever known. Invest in people.The returns will be great. Don’t die as a fool! Don’t love things, but love people.

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