But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:6–10, NIV 1984).
My Musings – On my wrist is a Timex, not a Rolex. Parked in my garage is a GMC not a BMW (or a souped-up Camaro). Only one car, as there is only one driver in the household (my wife is blind, and I only let her drive at night). Attached to my garage is a three-bedroom ranch. It’s a nice house, but not a palatial estate. When we do go out to eat, it is mostly local favorites and not five-star restaurants.
In days gone by, I envied those who had and could do such things. Today, when I am at a point in my life and career that we can afford them (well, maybe not a palatial estate), I am not so enamored by them (although I do have an occasional longing for that souped-up Camaro). We live closer to my blue-collar roots than to my white-collar “prestige.” My wife and I are content with our lifestyle. No desire to keep up with the Joneses and too old to keep up if we tried (and probably too old for that Camaro).
My Advice – Such things are not intrinsically bad, and I do not begrudge or otherwise look down on those who have such things. As long as they possess such things, rather than such things possessing them. Such things are not bad. The “love of” and being “eager for” such things are what “pierces [us] with many griefs.” Hold such things loosely. You won’t be taking them with you.