They are different for everyone but I’m sure you know what they are for you. You know the stuff that will make you look successful or the stuff that makes you fit in with your friends, colleagues and neighbors. After all, you don’t want people to think less of you because of the home you own, the cars you drive or the clothes you wear, right? Well, not so fast.
Our economy in America is driven by the consumer. I don’t believe it should be but it is. Companies are constantly bombarding us with advertisements telling us what we “need”. Things that will make others look upon us as better and give the aura of success. But you want in on a little secret. The advertisements are nothing but lies. You want to know something else. You would probably be better off without the item your striving at anyways.
At the end of the day, these items aren’t necessary and this constant striving for stuff is actually pulling you away from God, not towards Him. It is also ruining your financial goals and derailing your future plans. Sure, there is nothing wrong with owning luxury items here and there but you need to ask yourself, why do you want it in the first place. Is it really to meet a need or are you just meeting a want or a need in a lavish way? It’s more about our motives and were are our heart is rather than the item itself.
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes; But Jehovah weigheth the hearts. Proverbs 21:2 ASV
For where thy treasure is, there will thy heart be also. Matthew 6:21 ASV
There is also the question of whether you can actually afford the item in question. Credit is very easy to obtain this day and age and it makes getting that stuff you want a lot easier to obtain. But is going into to debt just to look successful or to impress someone actually worth it? Of course not. It saddens me that so many people run out and get snared into this trap. We can’t mortgage our financial futures on status symbols. All of this chasing after stuff will wear you down.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 1 John 2:16 KJV
At the end of the day it comes down to contentment. Learning to be happy with what you have. Also making sure when you do need something, you make sure you don’t overreach. There are so many things we should be striving for, such as a better relationship with God, and stuff isn’t even on this list.