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Thursday, May 12, 2011

A Man’s Life and His Possessions

            I read little fiction, but one novel I enjoyed several years ago was A MAN IN FULL by Tom Wolfe. In the book, Charlie Croker, a very rich man, lies in his hospital bed musing on the betrayal of his friend, Inman Armholster, “All I have to do is say, ‘The deal’s off.’ One sentence is all it would take. I can salvage my honor-and lose everything I have. Why kid myself? This is Atlanta-where your ‘honor’ IS the things you possess.”
            Too many people think like Charlie—honor lies in what we possess. Jesus felt differently, “Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot” (LUKE 12:15b.)  THE MESSAGE


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