Today I taught on the parable of The Rich Young Fool from Luke chapter 12. This message kicked my butt for a lot of reasons. One of which being – sometimes you don’t realize your own struggles until you are teaching about it. The reality that Jesus challenges us to Protect ourselves from every kind of greed is something that, I think, goes wholly unnoticed in our churches today. For those of you who asked for it, here are the lists you requested.
My Unscientific – 15 ways to know that you might be materialistic.
1. If you own a divers watch but never go diving.
2. If You date someone because they are rich
3. If the Real Housewives of orange County makes you jealous.
4. If Shopping is a hobby or your form of therapy
5. If It takes you two hours to get ready to go to the store.
6. If You only buy brand names.
7. If You think people who live in Beverly Hills or Newport Beach are happier than those that live in Long Beach, Lakewood, or Carson
8. If your selfish
9. If you want what everyone else has.
10. If You choose a job you hate that lets you live the life instead of a job you love that would let you be ok.
11. If you are never content
12. If all you do is complain about what you have and what you don’t have
13. If you don’t give any of your time, energy or money to any causes, churches, or charitable institutions.
14. If you are living beyond your means
15. If you sacrifice relationships for stuff or to keep up appearances.
From Psychologist Tim Kasser The High Price of Materialism – 19 Ugly Truths You Didn’t Know About Materialism. People who pursue money and things at the expense of relationships and other meaningful endeavors are more likely to suffer from these 19 problems:
2. Envy and jealousy
4. Social anxiety
6. Short attention span
7. Poor impulse control
8. Feelings of being controlled
9. Mistrust of others
10. Tendency to treat others as objects for personal gain
11. Shorter, more conflicted relationships
12. Feelings of social alienation
13. Less desire for equality
14. Less generosity
16. Substance abuse
17. Poor self-actualization
18. Less enjoyment of daily activities
19. Poor physical health