It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly. Bertrand RussellAs this Christmas season nears, all the little grand kids look through the newspaper fliers, and circle the things they want. Most ads end up completely marked. Now they have plenty of toys and things, and sometimes they are so possessive. It's hard to learn the concept of giving rather than getting. To help them we have them go through their toys and select things to give to the needy, telling them to imagine what another child would like to have. They always select nice things. Sometimes we have to bite our tongues to keep from saying, "But that is still so nice" or "Are you sure you want to give that away?"
It seems that this is a lesson that we also are still needing to learn.
1 John 3:17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? (NIV)