Possessions

BiltmoreThings we own, property, accumulated wealth, material things

Some day people will learn that material things do not bring happiness. Charles P Steinmetz

You may possess things but you must not be possessed by them. Aurobino

The moment you have a desire to possess something is the exact moment you enter into the first phase of enslavement to it. Anonymous

An all-consuming desire to acquire possessions is misguided. Many have wasted time and energy being enslaved to this compulsion. Some of us are learning that possessions do not really give us joy and happiness. Why do we hunger and waste so much in pursuing something that will not satisfy this hunger within?

Each of us has an innate desire to make our life stand for something. For too many of us this desire has been perverted to a need to acquire more things. We equate success and wealth to possessions, and we are consumed with a hunger to obtain more and more. In this pursuit we are attempting to satisfy a longing to make our lives have some meaning and purpose. The wise among us would tell us we are looking in the wrong places. We get caught up in a continuous and endless loop wanting to conquer and acquire. All the while we know deep down in our hearts that what we truly seek will not be found in the possessions we are seeking. The truth is that we will not find what we are looking for until we change our objectives.

If modern science could advance enough, perhaps there would be a “wisdom pill”. At the right age, or when we set out on our own, we would be given the pill as a right of passage. Our wisdom could advance by decades. We could bypass the foolishness of thinking possessions provide joy and happiness. We would understand these things we seek are to be found on the inside, not on the outside. It is what we have within our hearts and minds that provide the satisfaction we seek. Qualities and traits, not things gives life meaning and purpose. We can be freed from slavery to possessions. We could use possessions for pleasure and not be possessed by them.

Since the “wisdom pill” is somewhere in the future, the dynamics of our thinking must change today. We must put on our work clothes and start tending the weeds in our mental garden. It is overgrown with misguided thinking that keeps us from being as wise as we should be. It requires rolling up our sleeves and replacing misguided concepts with new and better ones. We need to plant seeds of wisdom and understanding instead of allowing the weeds of misguided thinking to choke out our garden.

Challenge: You are responsible for what you do, the choices you make, the direction you are headed, and for choosing the things that gives your life meaning and purpose. If your life is not what you know it should be, you must make changes. True change comes from within, not from without. Joy and happiness will elude you until these changes are made. You must replace misguided principles with worthwhile principles.

Wisdom: Self-mastery is a far greater possession than the possession of earth goods. If we do not possess ourselves, we may possess al the fine things of life and be unable to use them to any advantage. Paramanananda

Spiritual: (NIV)
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5 One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. Prov. 13:7

Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil. Proverbs 15:16

Life teaches us what we think is important is not so important. Things we take for granted and give low priority are often the most important. We seem to consume much of our life span learning these lessons. Acquiring money and possessions is one of those areas which seems to not be nearly as important as most think it is. These things do nothing toward our spiritual and mental development. If we would listen God, He is telling us.

Prayer: Help me to possess the freedom that comes from within. Help me to let go and let you.

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