I am currently reading ’The Book Thief’ by Mark Zusak. It is about a little girl given away by her mother to foster parents, and it takes place before and into the Second World War. These poor people lived in fear of attack at any moment. Food was limited, and any material luxuries were out of the question. It got me thinking, because in this day and age, it seems the average North American teenager’s biggest worry is how they will do on their math test, or how many likes they will get on their instagram post. Yet there have been and still exist teenagers around the world whose worries consist of what their next meal will be or where they will sleep next. We should be thankful that we even have an education, let alone a smartphone. We should be thankful that we have shelter above our heads and an abundance of food. We should be thankful for our families and for our safety.
I was once told that there is a large hole in our heart for God. Often we try to fill this hole with such things as monetary goods, but we never feel satisfied. We keep adding more material things, expecting to at some point feel full. However, satiation never comes, and thus our greed fuels more greed. Instead, we should aim to be content with what we have. We should fill our hearts with gratitude.
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Written By: Arete Zafiriou