Curing a Greedy Outlook on Life
We’re down to the last of the seven deadly sins: greed. In preparing for this Sunday’s sermon, I came across a quote that arrested my attention. Graham Tomlin said, greed “takes over when I begin to imagine that my needs are the only ones that matter, and I don’t have to balance mine with those of anyone else.”
I certainly find that to be true in my life. When I lose sight of the needs around me, I become overly concerned with my own needs. And when I become overly concerned with my needs, I become competitive with others to get what I want. And when I become competitive, I become stressed. And when I become stressed, I live with less joy. It’s not a pretty pathway to travel!
The solution is simple: remember the needs of others. This can be anything from the need of others to receive a smile, hello or a “thank you” to the need of people to have water and food to live. When we remember the needs of others, big and small, we find the cure to a greedy outlook on life, and we discover a joy that greed will never be able to produce.