Not even the Joneses can really keep up …

Psalm 49: 5-9; 15

Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me — those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?  No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him — the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough — that he should live on forever and not see decay.  But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself.  NIV

There is a movie coming out sometime this summer that I hope to see.  It stars Demi Moore and, according to the previews, she plays the mom of an almost perfect family.  But, when you get behind the scenes in her house, it turns out that she is managing a four-person team of gorilla marketers.  She and her “husband” and their “two perfect kids,” make it their job to become the envy of the neighborhood, so that everyone else will want to buy what they buy and have what they have.

Isn’t that just like us in America?  We say to ourselves, “The new iPhone is coming … my old one must not be any good anymore … I must get on the waiting list for that new one.”  Or, “that color is so last year, I simply can’t wear that outfit to this party.”

But, this verse points out that the only true power is held by our Heavenly Father.  Only He can grant me freedom from the ultimate worry.  Only He can offer me eternal life.  There is no one and not one thing on this earth that should worry me.

I will think about that today.

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