Babies aren’t hoarders

1 Timothy 6:6-7  But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.

hoarding-baby-dollsYou know what would be an interesting TV show? “Baby Hoarders” It would feature children under the age of 1 that have spent their life collecting all kinds of stuff to the point that you can’t even open the door to their nursery. Their cribs are full of junk, their rooms are cluttered.  Yes, their “whole life” has been dedicated to hanging on to stuff.  Okay, maybe that’s a ridiculous idea. Babies don’t have a bunch of stuff. They didn’t bring anything into this world and there’s no way for them to acquire a lot that quickly.

Paul says in 1 Timothy 6, that we brought nothing into this world and we won’t be taking anything with us when we leave it.  Yet we have this need to acquire more and more. What for? Why do we need it all? Why do our hearts have an insatiable appetite for acquiring? Maybe it’s because we aren’t content. And I hate to say it, but maybe we aren’t all that godly either. Instead we focus our lives on the “gain.” We spend time and energy figuring out how to get ahead, how to get more.

But that’s not the real route to increase. Godliness and contentment are. If we would focus our energy on godliness and set our hearts on contentment we would experience life in a whole new way. We would be more generous. We wouldn’t hang on to stuff so tightly. We would trust God more easily. We would find joy in giving.  I want to live life like that! How about you?