Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Mat 6:26 ESV)

We are in the midst of a very real cultural problem. We live in a society which celebrates being selfish and pursuing material gain at any cost. Obesity, cancer, heart disease, and skyrocketing depression rates are the norm. Our culture demonizes the poor and exalts the rich. In short, if you don’t have the latest and greatest you are nothing. Materialism, like the force in Star Wars, is all around us on TV, the radio, the internet. We work ourselves to death for things we do not need.

This is not limited to the profane (unsaved). Christians have bought into this reality as well. So much, in fact, that the Church is backing it and has even twisted the Bible around to support this extremely selfish ideology. Are you not more important than a bird? God will, and has taken care of us we just choose not to see it. We live in an oxymoron culture. We are connected like never before but we have no personal connections anymore. I doubt anyone knows how to have conversation these days. We as Christians were warned by Jesus not to embrace this lifestyle.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. (Mat 6:19-20 ESV)

How do we fix this? Well, we fix this by building meaningful relationships and loving our husbands and wives the way we are supposed to by celebrating love. Our relationships are everything and we must show love and compassion for others all the time, that is how we rise above materialism. I read stories all the time of people pursuing couples nursing, but inevitably fail because they can’t slow down long enough to get off the materialistic roller coaster. Nursing requires that you be focused on each other, not things and the pursuit thereof.

I understand the need to survive, don’t get me wrong. But what does a huge screen TV and a cell phone, that does everything except change your clothes, have to do with surviving? I am a contributing member on some ANR/ABF groups and discussion panels, and I always tell people that if you desire this intimacy you need to drop the materialistic lifestyle. If you continue to embrace materialism YOU WILL FAIL. There are plenty of work at home opportunities available today which allow you to be nearer each other, and I recommend that the readers here check them out.

Of all the gifts God gave us (besides salvation) being nursed by a woman who loves you blows everything out of the water. Once you experience real feminine love there is no going back, nothing will ever fill that void again. It’s time we grew up and stopped playing the “He who has the Biggest Toys Wins” game. You can accumulate all you want, but you can’t take it with you when you go. It’s time we ditched this material hell and embraced God’s way. Your life will be much richer. No Joke.

All earthly joy begins pleasantly, but at the end it gnaws and kills. –Thomas a’Kempis

In Love and Respect,

Ray Stone