The right idea for life and living is not to love things less but to love God more. Self deprivation is not a virtue but self gratification is. And the more our love for God increases the more it loosens our love and hold for money and things. The year is almost over, it’s a good time for us to assess what or who we love more.
The older I get the more I realise how true this is: That I can never boast about my love for God because I fail Him on a regular basis. But I can brag about His love for me because He Never Fails! This realization is also one of the most liberating experience one can ever have in HIM; that we do not and cannot “earn” His Love. But that He loves us because He is love. And that we respond by knowing Him and doing what He says.
Measuring life by what others do to us may disappoint us. But measuring life by what we do to others will add more meaning to our life. The key here is to cultivate gratitude and make it a life mission to help others. This is what brings joy to life and living.