A Stone Too Heavy to Hold ~ Avarice

The stone of avarice may be beautiful and sparkling but it will weigh down even when very small…

Greetings Dear Reader,

I am not wealthy. I am also quite rich compared to most of the world. I try to be generous and giving. I long to do more than I can. I still feel like I do not do enough to help others.

Avarice is greed for wealth or material gain. Chaucer said that “avarice is to withhold and keep such things as thou hast, without rightful need.” It is a word that we do not consider enough when we ponder our way in the world. It is a stone far too heavy to carry and yet we throw it easily without thought or even realization at times. Avarice is at the heart of the possessions we hold onto that we do not need.

I am not talking about having good things or even being wealthy. I am talking about the desire to possess. The stone is the longing to have things we do not need so that we feel good. We have dedicated closets, attics, and rental storage facilities to our avarice. We surround ourselves with possessions. We surely have more than we need. We do this for many reasons and none of them are centered on following Christ.

The way in which we carry this stone is varied but always harmful. I am not going to make a list. We know what we have out of need and we know what we have out of greed. The possessions that are ours out of greed weigh us down and make the journey increasingly difficult. We have heard often that we cannot take our possessions with us when we reach the clearing at the end of the path. This does not prevent us from carrying them to the very end.

I still have more than I need and hear the constant siren call to carry more. There is great freedom in having little. There is also so much good we can do with our excess if we choose to do so. Let us dabble in practical application for a moment Dear Reader. Think about a need that you know someone has. Then think about what you can do to help that need. What do you possess that could help? What holds you back from helping? What are you holding that you do not need that could help you help if you parted with it?

I am not telling you what to do. I am not judging you. These are questions I ask now when I see others in need. I consider the things I have and look to see how I can further the Gospel by sharing what I have. I am not there yet, but I long to drop the stone of avarice and have Jesus as my only true possession. This also makes it easier for me to depend on the Father for my daily provision. I want my confidence to be in him and not in my bank account or my store of canned goods. There must be balance in being prepared and having too much. Avarice will always hunger for more. It will devour us if we try to carry it. We must drop the stones of avarice even if they are rubies.

The Things We Leave Behind — Michael Card

There sits Simon, so foolishly wise

Proudly he’s tending his nets

Then Jesus calls and the boats drift away

And all that he owns he forgets

But more than the nets, he abandoned that day

He found that his pride was soon drifting away

And it’s hard to imagine the freedom we find

From the things we leave behind

Matthew was mindful of taking the tax

And pressing the people to pay

Hearing the call, he responded in faith

And followed the light and the way

And leaving the people so puzzled he found

The greed in his heart was no longer around and

And it’s hard to imagine the freedom we find

From the things we leave behind

Every heart needs to be set free

From possessions that hold it so tight

’Cause freedom’s not found in the things that we own

It’s the power to do what is right

With Jesus, our only possession

And giving becomes our delight

And we can’t imagine the freedom we find

From the things we leave behind

We show a love for the world in our lives

By worshiping goods we possess

Jesus has laid all our treasures aside

And love God above all the rest

’Cause when we say no, to the things of the world

We open our hearts to the love of the Lord and

It’s hard to imagine the freedom we find

From the things we leave behind

And when we say no, to the things of the world

We open our hearts to the love of the Lord and

It’s hard to imagine the freedom we find

From the things we leave behind

Oh, and it’s hard to imagine the freedom we find

From the things we leave behind

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn

Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, “That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”

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