VoD: To Do Good

What did Solomon learn from all of his wealth and power, the same as Macbeth, “that is but a walking shadow, full of sound and fury signifying nothing.” Don’t chase after the worldly delights that fuel others greed and your demise but seek to do good. 

Excerpt form Joshua Becker’s Minimalist Christianity devotional:

Solomon experimented with seeing if possessions and money would bring happiness. His experiment failed. What if we tried a different experiment? What if we tried to live with only what we need for the true purposes of our lives?
The best way to tell the difference between a need and a want is to try doing without something for a while. If you’re not sure whether you want to get rid of something completely, put it in the garage or a closet for a month. If you don’t miss it, you don’t need it.
Society promotes Solomon’s kind of experimentation: spend as much on yourself as you can. And like Israel’s richest king, many people are headed toward a sense of disillusionment and futility.

I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
Ecclesiastes 3:12‭-‬13 ESV


VoD: Paradox

Following Christ is a complete paradox of thought. He is my king and salvation but I do no work unless I know him. He died for me instead of my sacrifices to save him. He is the Alpha and Omega; however, he taught me that my life had to end before it ever really began. How many things do we hold on to instead of giving away? We gain so little by blindly following the world; yet, so much we gain from Him. 

Quote from Joshua Becker:

Generous people learn to find joy in what they already possess. They discover that the secret to contentment is surprisingly close at hand.

So if a misguided search for contentment is motivating your pursuit of too much, my advice is that you take control of your attitude. Don’t engage in when-and-then thinking: When I get _________, then I will be happy. Instead, remember that your happiness does not depend on your acquisition of possessions. Your happiness is based solely on your decision to be happy.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 ESV