If you are anything like me, you have found yourself always asking for more. I want more time with my wife and kids. I want more money. I want more influence. I want more intimacy with God. I want more of His power. I want to be more committed to Him. I want to be more engaged in His mission. I want to be more like Him. I want to be more loving toward others.
I want more. And I think God wants more. I think it is a godly characteristic to want more.
Let me be clear, there is a very clear distinction between wanting more and being greedy. It is not dissimilar to the distinction between covetousness or envy and jealousy. There is also a distinction between satisfaction and contentment.
How is it possible to hate and love someone or something at the very same time? It has been said that the opposite of love is not hate, but apathy. So, it is not uncommon to find yourself getting angry, annoyed, and even hating the people you love the most in your life. We invest time, money, and energy into those things that we are passionate about, but that same passion causes us to get angry with the same things we have invested in.
When someone buys a house, we have house-warming parties, we offer words of congratulation, and we generally celebrate with them. But, I was just at my nephew’s home in Ohio – and it was lovely. He has a large pond (big enough to kayak on), a 2-story 3-car gara...