Soul Food for Friday: Quotes for Checking Your Perspective on Possessions

Getting ready for Christmas is often time for getting ready for presents. Too often it seems the line, “Tis the season to be jolly” turns into “Tis the season to be greedy.” How do we gain a proper perspective on possessions, on stuff? May this week’s Soul Food for Friday provide some words to guide your soul in handling possessions as you get ready for Christmas.

“Lifestyle creep: The allocation of additional resources dedicated to selfish wants. The subtle change we make when our wants become our needs.” — Steve Scalici

“‘Too much’ is whenever I take what God has entrusted to me and close my hands.” — Ron Blue

“Our woes began when God was forced out of his central shrine and ‘things’ were allowed to enter.” — A. W. Tozer

“You can’t have everything you want. Where would you put it?” — Steven Wright

“You mean you can actually spend $70,000 at Woolworth’s?” — Bob Krasnow after seeing Ike and Tina Turner’s house

“These are my new shoes. They’re good shoes. They won’t make you rich like me, they won’t make you rebound like me, they definitely won’t make you handsome like me. They’ll only make you have shoes like me.” — Charles Barkley

“If you earn $37,000 a year, you are in the top 4 percent of wage earners. If you earn $50,000 per year, you are in the top 1 percent.” — Global Rich List

“In an age of abundance, how do we survive with our souls intact?” — Tim Stafford

“The only thing harder than getting what I need is getting rid of what I don’t need.” — Ashliegh Brilliant

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“Joy-to-stuff ration: The time a person has to enjoy life versus the time a person spends accumulating material goods.” — Donella H. Meadows

“He who dies with the most toys wins — but he still dies.” — Greg Borchert

“For over a hundred years, a large part of the American people has imagined that the virtual meaning of life lies in the acquisition of ever-increasing status, income and authority.” — Robert Bellah

“When riches hold the dominion of the heart, God has lost His authority.” — John Calvin

“Earthly goods are given to be used, not to be collected to be hoarded.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“We should travel light and live simply; our enemy is not possessions, but excess.” — John Stott

“That which you cannot give away, you do not possess. It possesses you.” — Ivern Ball

“The soul of the covetous is far removed from God, as far as his memory, understanding and will are concerned. He forgets God as though he were not his God, owing to the fact that he has fashioned for himself a god of Mamon and of tempoeral possession.” — St. John of the Cross

“Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level. It’s cheaper.” — Quentin Crisp

“I’ve learned that we must hold everything loosely, because when I grip it tightly, it hurts when the Father pries my fingers loose and takes it from me.” — Corrie Ten Boom

“I’ve got all the money I’ll ever need … if I die by four o’ clock.” — Henny Youngman

“Always buy a good bed and a good pair of shoes. If you’re not in one, you’re in the other.” — Gloria Hunniford

What words feed your soul when dealing with possessions?


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