I remember in my youth hearing about the fruits of the Spirit: love, mercy, peace, long-suffering, patience, kindness—was it a TV pastor talking, a pamphlet I read and shuddered? So not cool, especially the old fashioned religious symbols and pictures. These seemed like things for old people—what did they have to do with me?
The world offers excitement, money, incredible really cool stuff, the gratification of all our desires, and power. And technology—could it be any more of a temptation? In the old days, people bought things to last. Now we plan our purchases of the latest phones, computers, TVs, MP3 players and all the other gadgets at the whisper of their coming.
But, think about it. It’s fake satisfaction. Not that we don’t need things to live—we are here in bodies that need shelter, food, transportation, education, work—we just don’t need to be spellbound, to worship the stuff of our lives. It’s the living that counts, the opportunities to grow, to become better people, to connect with others and make a difference in their lives.
It’s not the stuff that counts. If it was the stuff, we wouldn’t want to replace it all so quickly. We live like it’s Christmas morning every day. Whoa! Did you see this? Look at what it does! Then we toss the previously much-desired item over our shoulder and run to the store to replace it. We think it’s the stuff–until we own it. We can own the biggest house in the world with the latest of everything, but if we have no love, no significant others to share it with, ownership brings an empty, hollow feeling.
We were not made for empty, or hollow or cold. We are meant for love, connection, warmth, compassion. Someday, we’ll wake up.