Wednesday, August 5, 2020 01:52

The Best Things in Life

no new stuff, stewardship, materialism, consumerism, thankfulness

“The best things in life are free.”  There is no charge for a sunset, no cost for a smile, no price on a baby’s laughter.  The best things in life are free.

But I like even better the saying that reminds us that “The best things in life aren’t things.”  Or to put it into our terms for this 30-Day Challenge, “The best stuff in life isn’t stuff at all.”  The best things in life are not material possessions, but the intangibles.

Love

Joy

Peace

Freedom

Forgiveness

Grace

Dreams

Memories

And of course, the list goes on . . .

Sometimes when I’m tempted to buy some thing, I try to get behind the thing to discover the intangible that I am really seeking.  We can use stuff to help us feel significant.  Accepted.  Loved. Secure. Happy. Powerful.  But notice I said we can use these things to make us feel that way.  In actual fact, no thing, by its presence or absence, can change the essence of who we really are. 

The best blessings of life are the intangibles that affect us on a spiritual level.  It’s not the junk that fills our closets but the emotions that warm our hearts, the ideas that fill our minds, the passions that elevate our souls.

OK, that actually got a little sappy.  But I mean it.  The best stuff in life isn’t stuff at all.

Recently our daughter Lauren took up the challenge of writing a list of 1000 things she was thankful for.  I’ve decided that’s something I’m going to do, too.  (Just as soon as I finish this 30-Day NO NEW STUFF Challenge and blog.)  Next month, I’m going to create a list of all the things I’m thankful for.  But I want to start with a special spin.  As best I can, I want to list the stuff that isn’t stuff and try to keep that top-of-mind. Maybe I can make the first 100 things on my list the intangible blessings of life.  The non-stuff stuff that I’m thankful for.  

Certainly I have many material blessings, and I think it’s good to be grateful for them.  Nothing wrong with being thankful—even for things with physical substance.  Whatever the case, in my heart I know the best stuff in life isn’t stuff at all.

Questions:  Here’s the challenge for you today.  Add to the comments section below one intangible thing for which you are thankful.  In other words, what’s some of the non-stuff stuff that is a blessing in your life?

Day 25: NEW STUFF = 0

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One Response to “The Best Things in Life”

  1. Lauren says:

    UNCONDITIONAL love