“It never works to look for spiritual heart satisfaction in physical things.” – Paul David Tripp, Awe
The commandment, “You shall not steal,” concerns both wrong taking and wrong keeping. It is about stewardship and trust. It asks, “Do you believe that everything you have is from God?” The followup: “If you believe that, what doesn’t belong to God?” Those questions change the equation. When everything is God’s, I begin to ask how much I can give rather than how much I can keep, not only in relation to money but also people, talents, skills, everything.
My theme for the year is fairytales, but I want to make sure I address other cultures. They’re beautiful, and they often have the most interesting stories. The aim requires me to play fast-and-loose with the “fairytale” definition; I find myself resorting to folktales and fables. Perhaps that’s not a point to quibble. Many modern fairytales have their roots in folk stories.