Then someone called from the crowd,
“Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.”
Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” Luke 12:13-15
It’s interesting that Jesus refused to get in the middle of a family feud over possessions. He just told them to not let stuff become more important than relationships.
Sometimes we measure ourselves by the wrong things:
- Our net worth
- The size of our biceps
- The size of our church or company
- How many friends we have on Facebook
- Our diplomas and awards
When we measure life by that stuff, our emotional and spiritual tank will eventually become empty.
What if we measured life by the things you can’t touch:
- The level of quality in our relationships
- Our opportunities to help others
- The time we invest into people
- The memories we make with those we love
We would enjoy life a lot more.