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The Sad Fate of Greedy People

Proverbs 1:19 says:
"Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money,
it robs them of life."

It's a sad thing to be robbed of life. We only have one life and that will soon be past. If one does not make the most of his time, life will pass by without ever visiting him. It's not God's design for man to live for things and to live preoccupied with so many things. The Sabbath was instituted as a mandate to man to make sure he intentionally sets time aside to step back, appreciate all that is being accomplished in and by his life, and to commune with God in an unhurried pose. Rest is essential, Stillness is required.

In resting, we gather up our thoughts, we recover strength, we regroup; resultantly, we renew ourselves, we refocus ourselves. In rest, we find satisfaction in successes and acceptance in failures. In rest, we gain insight into our state and discern how we can better achieve our purposes and goals. In rest, we understand that everything will turn out for our best because we know how to wait on God and allow Him to work out things in our lives. (Romans 8:28)

In stillness, we are called to remembrance that we are but men, frail and imperfect. In stillness, we remember to forgive ourselves of our failings and to forgive others for offenses perpetuated or unintentionally committed against us. In stillness, we gain insight and dependence on God, acknowledging our need for Him and our eternal dependence on His power to be at work in our lives. (Philippians 2:13)

In greediness, there can be no resting. In greediness, there can be no stillness. In greediness, there is only constant striving and discontent. Where there is greed for money and material accumulations, there is rarely enough time to pause; there is rarely enough thought to be thankful and appreciative of what one has. Greediness only lets you see the things you lack. Greediness will always blind you to the blessings you currently enjoy.

To live greedy is no life because life is all about pleasure and satisfaction. Life is about possibilities and celebration. Greed is all about displeasure and dissatisfaction. Greed is about whining and complaints. Greed will make you capable of neglecting and envying family and friends for all they have which you don't. Greed will have you betraying people's trust for personal gain. Greed will have you employing dishonorable methods to satisfy lustful cravings. Greed will have you accumulating possessions while you lose your character and integrity. Greed will always shift your focus from God and others to yourself and self-serving passions. Greed will always isolate and separate. Greed will erase all innocence and simplicity. Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money, it robs them of life.

Greed is a bottomless pit 
which exhausts the person 
in an endless effort 
to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.
Erich Fromm

There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed.
Mahatma Gandhi


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