After reading the jacket cover of a book in the bookstore, as well as the "Adam, Eve, and the Alien" chapter of Donald Miller's SEARCHING FOR GOD KNOWS WHAT I am convinced that most of our human unhappiness comes from envy...which is really just a search for love.
Let me explain.
We buy certain things for pragmatic reasons, like food or shelter. But a lot of the things we buy, have and do is just to earn love from other people by making ourselves appear worthy of that love. Or more specifically, to prove our value.
Why do we want that promotion at work, even if we are paid just the same? To prove our value so that we can feel validated and therefore loved.
Why do we buy the XBOX for the children? So that they will know that we like them and they will in turn love us.
Now, many of you will ascribe to yourself more noble motives and dismiss everything I am saying. But I ask you to do this instead. What things do you to make yourself feel more valuable in the eyes of others? In the eyes of God? And what things do you do as a reflection of your value in your own eyes and in God's eyes?
Just a little thought for the day.