GREED AND CONTENTMENT
A 70 year old woman told her psychiatrist that her husband had done something so bad that she could not put up with it any more. She told the doctor that she wanted a divorce and wanted to never see her husband again.
The doctor was puzzled that after 50 years of marriage, and living with a man who had been extremely successful in his business that she was so mad at him that she wanted a divorce. So the good doctor asked, “Why are you so upset? Did he beat you? Is he an alcoholic? Has he cheated on your marriage? What is it that he has done that is so terrible?”
The lady then told the doctor, “Last week my husband gave me $4 million dollars in cash!” The doctor was dumfounded, and asked, “What has upset you so much about him giving you $4 million? She said, “If he really loved me, he would have given me $8 million.
She felt unloved and poor. She thought her life was not worth living. She not only had thoughts of divorce, but suicide also.
Greed has a way of making people think about all the things they don’t have instead of being thankful for what they do have. We might all find the above story ridiculous, but do we not also at times wish we had much more than what we have?
Greed is the same as covetousness, and the Bible says that covetousness is idolatry. Colossians 3:5
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we will carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. I Tim. 6:6-8