|Vietnamese persimmons courtesy of Jeanne Henriques|
Black Friday deals! Cyber Monday savings! They all involve spending our hard earned money. (Although often it's plastic money.) And getting more things. I haven't shopped on the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday) for twenty-two years, but I do confess I love shopping on the internet. I get caught up in those cyber sales! Free Shipping! calls my name. I get excited just hearing the UPS truck at Christmas time. But, on a more serious note, let me offer this mediatation for our consideration.
Who can dispute that our society has become steeped in materialism. We are practically programmed to want all the newest technology and gadgets, the most comfortable and stylish homes, cars, clothes, and the most exotic, luxurious vacations. You name it! We work to afford the highest standard of living we can possibly attain for ourselves and our families, but when is enough, enough? I ask myself that question.
Jesus’ parable of the rich man is a parable for our times. This man had so
Self-satisfied, he said to himself: Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry. The parable continues: But God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?” (Luke12:19-20NKJV)
God calls the man a fool. This is a warning to us not to lose sight of the condition of our souls.