Do you hold this doctrine: “if it is not making money, it is not making sense?” Do you dream of having lots of cars and houses that you wouldn’t know which one is which? Do you consider the good life as taking breakfast in Hawaii, lunch in Dubai ? Are these your life goals?
In June 2011, a 17-year-old Chinese youth sold his kidney.Wang Shangkun is his name. He used the money to purchase an iPad 2 and an iPhone 4 according to BBC news https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-pacific-13647438
Unfortunately, soon after, he suffered severe organ failure, bedridden and attached to a dialysis machine. He needed daily dialysis to clear his blood of the toxins that his left kidney can no longer filter. To live he probably needed to use a transplant of his own which might cost him 8 times more than what he was paid for as noted by the post.
Another story covered by the Washington post https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/02/03/rapper-hitman-mother/ also covered a story of a young man who hired a hit man to kill his OWN MOTHER just so he can inherit her savings. We have heard of incidents were people used people for money rituals. We have heard of situations where people lied, betrayed and did stuffs to the detriment of their life and stability of society to acquire possessions. You would agree with me that the reason why many are engrossed with these sinful behaviors is money.
We can recognize the folly of that kind of covetousness instantly. But what about greed that is closer to home?
Getting money or amassing wealth is laudable and not sinful but the how we get it and how we allow it to direct our path matters. Nobody desire to live at a poverty level, even though at times this may be our lot in life.
It is undoubtably that the rich have limitless possibility and they have many friends and helpers however the reverse is the case of the man at the poverty level.
We all have certain needs in this earth. We desire a comfortable existence. We need houses, we need food, we need clothing, we have need for child-bearing, marriage, education etc. And if it is possible, we like to have nice homes, good food, suitable clothing to wear and others hence we work so hard in pursuit of these things.
Please don’t get me wrong, I am encouraging mediocrity and laziness, in fact I hate it however I think we have limited the word ‘POSSESSION’ to only material things. So, we have people how self-absorbed, impolite, mean or condescending, inconsiderate and disinterested in other people just because of what they have. And sadly, some people even go to the extend of using what they have to directly insult and to mock people, that is bad.
If Google defines possession as the act of owning or controlling something than I think life, integrity, social life, love, good health, peace of mind, intimacy with God etc. are also possessions. And if that is so, then I further think we can categorize possessions into material possessions and immaterial possessions. It should be noted that material possessions are perishable, time-bound and can be lost however that is not mainly the case with all immaterial possession hence we need a balance of both.
Well to Alexander Smith a man’s real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor.
When Mr Chadwick Boseman of Black Panther died, we were all heart broken not because we knew him at the personal level or he knew us or we were related but we him mourned deeply because he touched our lives through his works.
When Ex president J.J. Rawlings aka Papa J(former president of Ghana) transited, we weren’t interested about what kind of cars he drove or the properties he had. We were all sadden even at his age that he transited. Why??? Because he touched our lives positively. https://spicesforlife.org/2021/01/27/papa-jthe-man-loved-by-many/
Certain people can’t give us material possessions but what they have to give to society transcend generations.
We are not defined by our abundance of possessions or lack of them. Unrestrained craving for things can become a cancer of the heart. And all the things must one day be left behind. It is abundant life that counts.
The life that is in us as God’s children is not mere earthly life; it’s eternal life. He dwells in us by His Spirit, and that Spirit imparts to us, even while we are in this present world, a life that will never end. That means that once we transit, our life goes on into eternity. The spiritual life we have right now, therefore, does not really consist in how many earthly possessions a man can accumulate to himself.
May we maintain proper perspective greatest need is abundant life not abundant things. Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you.