Be it on the radio or the TV, it seems the world is screaming at us what we need to buy, to be, to have. There are a lot more minutes of commercials than what I am wanting to actually watch or listen to Therefore, I mostly listen to Pandora, Sirius, or cd's of Christian or pop artists. Whenever Curt is working in the shop, one of the first things he does is turn the radio on to a station covering the oldies.
I usually try to tune out or skip through the commercials, but while in the shop working the other day, there was an advertisement that kept repeating for an upcoming fitness event. Even though I can't remember word for word, the phrases that caught my attention and stuck were: "do you want to make yourself more awesome." "make yourself look awesome." "be awesome." And then the words which have struck a cord provoking not only sadness, but to actually cringe - "save your own soul".
After hearing these words tumbling out, I started noticing other advertisements were about "buying something", "nothing down-special financing", "driving something", "wearing something", everything to "make your friends and neighbors jealous".
What emptiness the world is consuming hand over fist.
It isn't the stuff which has made me "so much more".
I haven't found anywhere in His Word where He is telling us not to enjoy the blessings.
Stuff isn't what makes you. it breaks you. Stuff won't last for eternity. All stuff will quickly or slowly become useless. It is a burden.
Stuff won't save your soul. "You" won't save your soul.