I heard the pastor say on today's radio sermon that "materialism" is expecting all those "things" to do what only GOD can do.
I was never seeking "things..." at least I didn't think so. Maybe, just maybe, my subconscious mind was. Not really sure...
In the past, I was afforded what was or could have been considered the "American Dream." I had the perfect wedding: a gorgeous groom, a beautiful dress, a marquise diamond, 3 tier cake, photos and honeymoon...I had the big beautiful house, the white picket fence, kids, and a dog. We each had a sports car and a motorcycle. We had great paying jobs and lots of discretionary income. Big tax returns and annual vacations. Wow...was that really my life?
Seems so strange that I just typed all that. Notice the one thing that was missing?
We did not have a relationship with God. We may have had a so called "religion" and even blessed our meals before we ate...but we did not cultivate an intimate relationship with the Savior individually or as a family.
Guess what? The life that appeared to be as solid as a rock, was really built on sand. The storm came and everything washed away. And in the end...I wouldn't have it any other way. It happened just as it should have. We/I did not put Him first.
"For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."