Saturday, July 20, 2013

Obsession with Possessions

lds.org image library


I am talking today about owning things, having things, buying things, and as a result not appreciating what we do have and not fully giving everything we can to the Lord.

Do you feel like your world revolves around buying and having?

I feel like mine does sometimes. 

When our hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, owning and having so much, somewhere and somehow God gets put to the side because our focus is definitely not on Him, but on ourselves. 

Have  you ever come home from a shopping trip and layed everything out that you just purchased, and suddenly you feel it is not enough.  You mind soon begins thinking of having more. A different color, a more popular brand, more quantity, more, more, more.

 Somehow we can have it all yet feel like what we have is never enough.

This desire and even craving to keep possessing things can become a spiritual stumbling block in our lives.
 
"Spiritual submissiveness is not accomplished in an instant, but by the incremental improvements and by the successive use of stepping-stones. Stepping-stones are meant to be taken one at a time anyway. Eventually our wills can be “swallowed up in the will of the Father” as we are “willing to submit … even as a child doth submit to his father” (see Mosiah 15:7; Mosiah 3:19)""Elder Neil A. Maxwell, Consecrate Thy Performance
 
Consecration is a sacred act, a service, of giving up what we have for the Lord.  This is usually thought of as material possessions, but the ultimate consecration is giving up oneself: heart, mind, and soul to the Lord's will.  Hard to do?  Yes, I think so!  Mainly because we become so confused so easily and think everything we have and are is about us, when it actually it is the Lords.  He created us. He keeps us going each day. He gave us the skills, talents, and abilities we have. Any financial well-being that we enjoy is because of His blessings upon us. Our family? He blessed us with ALL that we have. ALL!   Yet, how soon and how often we forget that. 2 Nephi 32:9
 
"Such consecration involves the submissive converging of feelings, thoughts, words, and deeds, the very opposite of estrangement: “For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?” (Mosiah 5:13)."Elder Neil A. Maxwell, Consecrate Thy Performance"
 
 

In a far extreme, yet becoming more and more common example, husbands and wives are cheating or leaving each other for these desires and cravings to have it all.  Those who have all or feel like they do feel a sense of entitlement and are the most dissatisfied sometimes. What they have is never enough, including their spouses.  We have epidemic times of spouses wanting something better.  Let's remember our covenants!

Can we love, appreciate, and value what we already own.  Can we live within our means?  Can we give and consecrate our lives to the Lord? 

More from Elder Maxwell (I love the way he speaks!):

"In striving for ultimate submission, our wills constitute all we really have to give God anyway. The usual gifts and their derivatives we give to Him could be stamped justifiably “Return to Sender,” with a capital S. Even when God receives this one gift in return, the fully faithful will receive “all that [He] hath” (D&C 84:38). What an exchange rate!
 
Meanwhile, certain realities remain: God has given us our lives, our agency, our talents, and our opportunities; He has given us our possessions; He has given us our appointed mortal spans complete with the needed breaths (see D&C 64:32).

"Frankly, it is our prospective selves we betray by holding back whatever the “part.” No need therefore to ask, “Lord, is it I?” (Matt. 26:22). Rather, let us inquire about our individual stumbling blocks, “Lord, is it this?” We may have known the answer for a long time and may need resolve more than His response." Elder Neil A. Maxwell, Consecrate Thy Performance"

Some thoughts to think on. Have a great day!