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Today's Daily Encounter 12th September 2019

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Today's Daily Encounter 12th September 2019

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Today's Daily Encounter


"Then he [Jesus] said to them, 'Watch out! Be on your
guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not
consist in the abundance of his possessions.'"1

On one occasion we had a speaker at our church who
conducted a class for parents to help protect them from
becoming infected with "affluenza." The idea being that
we and our kids can get so caught up in the world of
materialistic affluence that we miss the real meaning
of life.

I believe that one of the main reasons we are so
materialistic here in the West is because we are so
emotionally repressed. Emotions are God-given. They add
beauty and interest to life. When they are repressed
and denied, life can be deadly dull and empty.

Furthermore, when we bury emotions, we tend to settle
for counterfeit experiences and the feelings they
produce. For instance, when the emotion of love is
repressed, there is a tendency to substitute lust which
can look like love and feel like love--but it isn't
love and a damaging substitute at that--and leaves one
more empty, lonely, and unsatisfied.

Also, consider the emotion of wonder--the emotion that
puts sparkle into life and moves us deeply when a baby
wraps its tiny hand around just one of our fingers and
in so doing touches our very heart. When wonder is
repressed, we become "characteristically bored with
life," and tend to turn to materialism in a vain
attempt to fill the empty void in our heart. And
instead of loving people and using things, we end up
unhappily loving things and using people.

So if we want to avoid the problem of "affluenza" and
the blight of empty materialism and learn to fully live
and fully love, it is essential that we get in touch
with and connected to all of our God-given emotions.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please deliver me from the
blight of materialism which can easily become the
driving force in my life. Help me to get in touch with
all of my God-given emotions and use them in the manner
and ways you designed them to be used so that I will
learn to fully live and fully love. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

1. Luke 12:15 (NIV).


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