Shelf Life

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

imagesLTRCIJCHDo you find yourself content with your current possessions? Does that contentment only last until the next latest and greatest thing emerges? Perhaps the lure from the “want monster” is more than you can bear when something new hits the market? Perhaps what you currently possess is not broken or worn out, it’s just outdated by the world’s standards.

With new technology constantly emerging, we have to continuously be on guard to not fall prey to the intentional schemes which aim to breed discontentment in our hearts. If we are not watchful, we can quite easily feel that our old, but still functional, possessions are no longer desirable. Many of us have even allowed our identity and self-worth to become intertwined with our possessions.

Sadly, as an object nears or exceeds its intended shelf life, many of us don’t see that as a blessing but rather as a curse. Many even go as far as praying that it will break so that they can justify purchasing something new. On the other hand, many of us don’t even allow it to get to that point; we step out and replace it prematurely because we can’t bear having something that is outdated.


Lord, help me to refrain from viewing possessions as a status symbol. Give me a desire to serve as an active participant in preserving Your creation for generations to come. I praise you for my current possessions, especially those things that have exceeded their shelf life.

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