1 Timothy 6:10
“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.”
My family and I landed in southern Costa Rica in a puddle jumper on a pebble runway, exited the little plane, and loaded into the suburban waiting for us.
On that lengthy drive down dirt “roads” (more like trails!) through the locals towns, I noticed there were no windows or front doors on the homes – just holes where they should have been. How hard life must be for these people, I thought to myself. They have nothing!
But as I got to know the “ticos” (natives), I learned that they are the happiest, most content people I have ever encountered.
The catchphrase of Costa Rica is “pura vida”, meaning “pure life.” And the people live like they believe it. They value family, work, and love. To them, that’s the essence of a good life.
In America, we are so consumed by materialistic thinking. Too often, we think we can find meaning in the amount of money we make or our job title. We kill ourselves at work trying to gain earthly rewards, and in the process, we lose sight of why we are here in the first place.
We need to recognize that our value is not found in our financial status, but in us sharing God’s love with others. In us giving our time to people who need it. Above all, our value should be planted in God’s love for us. I guarantee you will feel a constant emptiness if, as a Christian, you abandon these truths.
Greed is a sneaky kind of evil, forcing us to abandon our morals for earthly gains that seem so important. Today, I encourage you to start honestly reflecting on the areas in your life where greed has taken over. Is it the area of money? Objects? Time? Something else? Take a moment and redirect that desire toward God. I am certain that you will begin to experience more fulfilling days if you make this a habit.
Chelsie is a member and regular server at The Journey in Queens. She enjoys finding new places to eat, as well as playing tourist in NYC. She also has a passion for helping others. Chelsie is leading a Fall Women’s Growth Group on Monday nights at 7:30 in Forest Hills, Queens.