Learning To Be Content by Miles Seaborn

LEARNING TO BE CONTENT
Miles Seaborn
Exodus 20:17
3/19/2000

"YOU SHALL NOT COVET ANYTHING THAT BELONGS TO
YOUR NEIGHBOR."

INTRO. Milton Bradley game -- MALL MADNESS -- Board game
like Monopoly. You are let loose in a shopping mall with $200. Go
and spend it all. Empty your pockets and you win the game! When
you have spent every cent, you will move triumphantly into the
winner's space labeled "Broke" and you win!

93% of female teenagers said their favorite pastime was
_________shopping! That beat out "boys" and "talking on the
telephone!" It is truly a new day.

Summer advertisement -- bombarded big buy -- you will not hear or
read the word "covet!"

DEF. Covet -- The uncontrolled desire to acquire.

"To acquire" not bad in itself. God put it in us. Squirrels -- nuts,
Birds -- straw. You also. But anything uncontrolled is a problem!

God says some things off limits -- NO!

It is hard in our culture to be content with what we have. There are
clear definite effects/when I do not control the desire to possess
things.

FIVE THINGS

I. THE EFFECT OF ALWAYS WANTING MORE

1. FATIGUE

"Desire to acquire." Take second job. All family works. Stress.
Tired! Get all the overtime you can!

Proverbs 23:4 "Do not wear yourself out to be rich; have the
wisdom to show restraint."

ILL. Of need of sleep. 70% of Americans sleepy!

2. DEBT

Ecclesiastes 5:11 "The more money you have, the more money you
spend."

I don't make enough money! Often it is because you want too
much.

Question: Are they NEEDS or GREEDS?

ILL. Average American puts $1300 on credit for every dollar they
make. Deferred spending. Only one who can do that is
government and the jig is up! Can't do it forever. (Investment Pres.
says.)

It always costs more to have more. "If the grass is greener on the
otherside, you can bet the water bill is higher too!"

3. WORRY

Ecclesiastes 5:12 "A working ma ...


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