The right things or the wrong things?

We all want things. But what kinds of things do you spend your time and energy wanting?

Exodus 20:17 says, “You shall not covet…” It’s a command against obsessing about things you don’t have. After all, if you keep mentally drooling after other people’s things, it undermines your belief that God can and will provide for you.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a theologian who was murdered by the Nazis in the closing days of World War Two. In his inspiring book, The Cost of Discipleship, he wrote: “The covetous man seeks dominion and power, but only to become a slave to the world on which he has set his heart.”

So if you spend your time coveting what other people have, you end up forfeiting some of your freedom and becoming a slave to your desires.

And do you know what? I think we all want. But the richness of life is found in wanting the right things—not the wrong ones.

Many people in our world continue to be in shock at the tragic bus accident that killed 15 people from the Humboldt Broncos hockey organization. Do you want to know what that experience makes me want more of? Meaningful friends and community.

So what do you spend your time and energy wanting?

Fancy clothes, popularity, the latest device… Or lasting friendships, meaningful opportunities to volunteer and serve others, personal integrity, a closer walk with Jesus?

We all want things. But what kinds of things do you spend your time and energy wanting? The richness of life is found in wanting the right things—not the wrong ones.

By Matthew Ruttan

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