Jesus says that the good life has nothing to do with being wealthy, so we need to be on our guard against greed. This is the exact opposite of what society usually says. Advertisers spend millions on enticing us to think that if we buy more of their products, we will be happier, more fulfilled, more comfortable. How do we respond to the constant pressure to buy? How do we learn to tune out expensive enticements and concentrate instead on the truly good life – living in a relationship with God and doing His work?
When I survey the wondrous Cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest Gain I count but Loss,
And pour Contempt on all my Pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the Death of Christ my God:
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his Blood.
It is a sad fact that it seems to be that the more we have the more we want! Perhaps over the summer holidays is an opportunity to simplify life, to enjoy the things that we already have in our homes. To enjoy walking in the beautiful countryside on our doorstep rather than travelling thousands of miles for an exotic holiday. To BBQ and invite friends, neighbours and new people who have moved into our villages round for a relaxed evening together. Then it will get easier to count our blessings rather than constantly striving for more. Enjoy your summer of Simplicity and Sharing with others.