Fresh Hope – 13th August 2020

Who is responsible for crafting your definition of “the good life”? 

Be alert to the reality that we live in a world that relentlessly sells us the message that “the more we have, the happier we will be… Get that new outfit, upgrade your model, get into debt for that thing, and you’ll be happier.”  

Our society has an insatiable desire for MORE. We feel we are just ‘one more thing’ away from contentment. 

It is a lie. 

It is a lie that if you have money and nice things, that makes you important, and if you don’t you are less than those who do. 

Watch that you don’t get your identity from the things you buy. You are not what you buy. You are not what you wear. You are not what you drive. Your things are not your identity. 

There is nothing wrong with owning nice things. Have fun with fashion. Treat yo’ self. Enjoy what you’ve worked for. Just watch that the nice things don’t own you. Watch what has a hook on your heart, takes your time, averts the majority of your attention, and has your focus fixed. 

These things may come with a hidden cost – not just financially. 

In the wise words of John Mark Comer, ‘what if more stuff actually equals less of what matters most? Less time. Less financial freedom. Less generosity, which according to Jesus is where the real joy is. Less peace. Less of what I actually ache for?’

Jesus said, ‘Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal’ (Matthew 6:19-20).

In other words, don’t spend your life consuming a collection of stuff that can be quickly robbed, snatched, lost, broken, or go out of fashion. Build a meaningful life of deep substance and eternal value first and foremost. You know, the kind of stuff that really makes you happy and edifies your soul.

Emma Burchell

A daily devotion for a better way of living.