Archive for the ‘possessions’ Category

We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like

April 2, 2013

We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.

Dave Ramsey (The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness)

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A blind love of one’s own property has deceived many. How could they be prepared for, or comfortable with, departing this earth when their wealth fetters them like a chain?

November 17, 2009

A blind love of one’s own property has deceived many. How could they be prepared for, or comfortable with, departing this earth when their wealth fetters them like a chain?….Therefore, the Lord, the teacher of all good things says, ‘If you will be perfect, go, sell all you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven. And come and follow me’ (Matt 19:21) If rich men did this, they would not perish by their riches…..They think that they own, when actually it is they that are owned. They are not the lords of their money, but rather it’s slaves.’

Cyprian, On the Lapsed, secs. 11, 12 paraphrased

Cyprian had been a rich man but on conversion gave all is goods to the poor

Recall the most worthless, unnecessary expenditure you have made

September 19, 2009

Let me ask you to recall the most worthless, unnecessary expenditure you have made in the last year. Perhaps it was an electric can opener which now sits in the garage, or a suit of clothes which will never be worn. Do you realize that this item was not purchased with your money; it was bought with your time which you traded for money. In effect, you swapped a certain proportion of your alloteted days on earth for that piece of junk which now clutters your home. Furthermore, no power on earth could retrieve the time which you squandered on its purchase. It is gone forever. We are investing our lives in worthless materialism, both in the original expenditures and on subsequent upkeep and maintenance.

James Dobson