I don’t watch much television, but if I do, I tend to tune into the Food Network or HGTV. I must admit that I have watched one too many episodes of “Property Brothers” and “Love it or List It.” The other day though, I just had to turn the TV off. The episode centered on a very greedy young couple. They were demanding lots of perks — stainless steel appliances, marble counter tops, a surround sound system, a wine cooler. After every commercial break, a new “must have” emerged. Nothing was enough. This couple wanted it all, and they weren’t shy about asking for their needs to be met. It got me to thinking about how this world defines “the good life” — designer clothes, fancy jewelry, name-brand jeans, leather purses that cost half my pay check. We like to have things — gynormous plasma TVs, blue ray players, video game consoles. It is never enough. We will get up at 4 AM to stand in line outside a Walmart on Black Friday to grab hold of the next latest gadget to suit our fancy.
More and more, as I read the Gospels, I realize how completely messed up our thinking is. I mean, Jesus didn’t even own a home. His whole life was centered on others. He washed feet, rather than wearing expensive shoes. He ate with beggars and sinners, rather than feasting with the rich and famous. He gave it all away so that others would find true freedom.
This morning, I was reading in Proverbs and discovered this phrase: “A good life is a fruit-bearing tree…” (11:30a, MSG). I want this to be my focus for this year. Rather than taking in and hoarding, may my life produce shade and sustenance for others. That’s the good life.
Q4U: How do you life out the good life in a world that is so upside-down in its thinking?
My one-word focus for the year is “fruitilicious.” Find out what that means here.