21 comments on “The Blessedness of Possessing Nothing

  1. I love this, Dee, and was thinking along the same lines yesterday evening as I sat on the porch at my parent’s house with my dad. A stray cat (dad calls him psycho) was curled in my lap as we broke beans and talked about the divine beauty that is life, that is God’s gift to us. More than once, I thought of how many would look to fill that space with something more, and yet there was no room. Nothing mattered more ~ and were I given the chance to trade it for wealth or gold, I would cling to it as if it were my last breath. I’ve long known that the secret to true happiness is to be content with little. Or in this case, I suppose you could say to be content with it all. 🙂 Thank you, Dee for reminding me that the best things in life are not things. ~ Much love to you always, Bobbie

  2. I think, from many years of counselling people, that those who need things – money etc, are people who never got enough love,as babies, and so they always feel unsatisfied. They are always trying to fill up that empty hole. But of course, it is never filled until they learn to love themselves, and then they truly can love their neighbour as themselves.

    • What a noble profession to be counselling and helping people! Thank you for sharing what you have learned about people who need things, that they never got enough love while growing up. Loving our neighbor as ourselves is the second great commandment, and how true that we can only love our neighbor to the extent that we love ourselves.

      I believe the “self-life” that A.W. Tozer talks about as summarized in this post, also reflects this lack of the experience of unconditional love. That is why Jesus said that the first commandment is to love God, and by doing so, we get to know Him and experience His love. And it is through knowing God’s love that we are able to free ourselves from the “abnormal” love of self, which manifests itself in self-gratification through acquiring things to fill up that empty hole. By knowing and experiencing God’s love, we are able to love ourselves unconditionally. Then we can truly love our neighbor as ourselves.

      Thank you so much for your input, Valerie! All my best, Dee

  3. Terrific post! I recently saw a friend had posted a picture of a brand new car on her Facebook page, with the caption,, ‘My soon to be New car!’
    She only bought a brand new car for her large family less than a year ago. They do not have excess money in fact complain about being ‘broke’ a lot! One day recently she got in my second hand Camry and said “Oooh this is comfy”, I said “it is a nice car I am really happy with it.” She said “Aw I wish I was happy with my car.”
    Now money is not the object here but I paid 1 quarter of the price she paid for hers and I couldn’t believe how quickly she lost interest, after months of bragging about how much she loved her new car, she already wants another new one!
    I thought to myself I am so blessed to have a nice car but it means nothing to my happiness in life, for I have faith. My happiness is in complete opposition to having ‘things’!
    I felt sad for her, that she will never be fulfilled and complete as long as she continues to avoid the Lord and fill her heart with ‘things’ of this world. I continue to pray for her and witness to her but she has yet to realise that only the Lord can fill those empty places in her heart. Sorry for my ramblings lol …Blessings to you!

    • Oh thanks so much for sharing this experience of yours. The modern age brings about so much materialism, with so many “things”, and many brands of things, putting these into hierarchies of “superiority” according to monetary value and/or status symbol. Such is the world, and it is a big lure to go after these things, even for Christians. These things bring momentary pleasure, but not lasting happiness. Yes, I agree, only in the Lord will we find happiness and contentment because as St. Augustine said, God made us for Himself, and our hearts are restless until we find our rest in God. Thanks again, and God bless you!

  4. Very elegantly put, Dee. With God securely seated as the God of our hearts, only then can we truly be trusted with the wealth that He yearns to give us, His children. No wealth, no possession, no ‘thing’ we could ever acquire, can fulfill the spot in our inmost being that He has always meant to be reserved for Himself – not for any selfishness on His part, but so that we could truly enjoy life to the full…the life that only God can give, and only He is the Source of. Thanks for a great post, as always!


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