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New Life Daily Devotion - September 5

  • 2021 Sep 05


Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. - Colossians 3:2

Even when I’ve sincerely turned to God in faith, the pursuit of things has tripped me up. 

My first house was a great investment: Only $10,000 with a monthly mortgage payment of $100.  I congratulated myself on being so financially astute. 

But a door-to-door carpet salesman changed all that. Carpet was my house’s only real deficiency. And upon showing me a sample of sea-foam green, stain resistant carpet, I was hooked. I simply had to have it. I didn’t have the money to pay for it, so the salesman arranged for me to have credit. 

But after I had the new carpet installed, I noticed how ratty my furniture looked. Before I knew it, I was lost in the tide of materialism. 

What I thought would bring me respect and comfort made me a slave. Be careful about what becomes important in your life.

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

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