Verses for the Holidays

My friend Jon posted about the recent tragedy which kicked off the holly-jolly-holiday shopping season in America. Even in the midst of a so-called economic recession/depression, where joblessness rates are higher than ever, and every company and their mom are asking for government bail-outs, retail shopping was reportedly up 3% from last year.

Insane.

I've been reading some Scripture verses that have been shaping my view of the gift giving/getting time of year. I share them with you in hopes that you'll reconsider the need for another toy, another TV, or another book to collect dust on your shelf.

1 John 2:15-17
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

Hebrews 13:5
5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

1 Timothy 6:6-8
6 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.

Matthew 6:19-21
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
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