“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” ~ Hebrews 13:5
Earlier this afternoon, I was watching my little boy play in our living room. It’s always interesting to me what the “toy du jour” will be, and today was no exception. However, it’s never what you would think. Many days, he is absolutely delighted to push a coaster around the room. Today, it was a pair of freshly laundered socks.
Now, please know that this isn’t from lack of perfectly good, age-appropriate toys. My little guy is the first grandbaby on both sides, so he really isn’t wanting for much in any department. But a lot of the time, he plays with his toys for a bit, then journeys off, exploring his world and finding fun in things around him.
I see the same thing with my neighbor children frequently. For instance, a while ago the kids next door got one of those battery-operated cars that you can ride in. For the longest time, they played with the box. Only after the box had made the obligatory trip to the dumpster did they actually start riding around in their little car.
Which makes me think that all the gadgets we buy and things we fill our lives with aren’t actually making us happy one bit. If we got rid of all the stuff that entangles us – so much so in some cases we’re literally tripping over all of our stuff – we would probably find that we could be just as content without all the things we think we need to work so hard to have.
So, as today’s verse in Hebrews reminds us, be content with what you have. Because in reality, what you have is greater than anything money can buy – you have the promise God made to never, ever leave you. And trust me, nothing could come close to taking the place of that.