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Choosing the I AM over iThings
Have you been keeping up with the latest news from the technology world? Apple has released the new iPad and its latest version of the iPhone. Microsoft, not to be outdone, has released a new phone of its own called the KIN.
There are also 3G and 4G networks, larger and higher definition TV’s, Blu-Ray DVDs, and satellite and HD radios. With all these new gadgets, and the advertising blitz that goes along with them, it seems we cannot be satisfied without these great new things.
Whether all this rapidly revolving technology really makes our lives easier or simply consumes more of our time is a debatable question. One thing is clear, however – no technology, no new device, or no “thing” can satisfy us or bring us closer to the one person who can fully satisfy us as human beings – God.
Like the words from the Waylon Jennings song, “we are looking for love in all the wrong places.” We search for satisfaction in things, in possessions, hoping that these will bring us happiness and contentment. What fools we are! Jesus himself tells us in the Gospels that he alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Light. Why do we waste our time, energy, and lives chasing after things that give us fleeting satisfaction?
St. Augustine had it right when he wrote, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you, O God.” While our society may be telling us to store up riches and possessions on earth and to live for the moment; our Christian faith implores us to store up riches in Heaven because our earthly lives are short and this world is only temporary. Jesus warns us, “Take care to guard against greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions” (Luke 12:15).
To be truly satisfied as Christians and make the claim to be Jesus’ disciples, we must free our lives from our dependency on “things” and become dependent on God. We must place God first in our lives, ahead of everything and everyone else, including ourselves. While we may search in vain for a “God app,” our iPhones, iTunes, iPads, and other possessions are no replacements for the I AM.
by Jim Lamm, Director of Stewardship, St. Louis King of France Church, Austin, TX. Used with permission from the International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC).