We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. – 1 Timothy 6:7-10
How in this American world can I wrap my mind around this passage? You call for contentment with only food and clothes. Everything else is superfluous wealth. Jesus, come and liberate me from all anxious thoughts about my welfare because you promise to take care of me and have piled mounds of blessing on top of food and clothing for me. Help me to use my wealth to bless others as richly as you have blessed me. Give me the joyful exuberance that comes from grace filled generosity. It’s grace upon grace that you privileged me to live in such an abundant land. Thank you for undeserved blessings and keep me thankful always.
Unhappiness over possessions come from being owned by what you think you own.