The One Thing
A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live. Proverbs 15:27
“Everybody I know says they need just one thing; and what they really mean is they need just one thing more.” These are the opening lyrics of a song entitled, My One Thing, by singer-songwriter, Rich Mullins.
Let’s be honest. Isn’t that the mindset of us modern suburbanites: reaching, striving, never quite happy or content until that elusive one thing more is grasped and owned?
Call it what you want. . . this is coveting—plain and simple. It’s the antithesis of contentment, and it robs joy.
The Irish writer, Oscar Wilde, pointed out the paradox inherent in our coveting lifestyle, when he wrote, “In this world there are only two tragedies: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)