“I turned my head and saw yet another wisp of smoke on its way to nothingness: a solitary person, completely alone—no children, no family, no friends—yet working obsessively late into the night, compulsively greedy for more and more, never bothering to ask, “Why am I working like a dog, never having any fun? And who cares?” More smoke. A bad business.” Ecclesiastes 4:7-8
An old African fairy tale tells how to catch a monkey. Cut off the top of a long-neck gourd and the place a piece of fruit or something shiny in the cavity. A monkey will reach in and grab the bait. With his closed fist, he is unable to pull his hand out. Out of greed, he will stay attached to the gourd.
What makes you so greedy you close your fist to opportunities to share in your life? You might laugh, but I’m greedy about popcorn—especially movie popcorn I pay dearly for. When I buy a big bag, I don’t want to share it with anyone, but out of guilt, I offer it and hope I will hear, “No, thank you. ” I guess this greediness only hurts me, as one extra large bag of popcorn has almost a full day’s worth of calories.
We should concentrate on being greedy for Jesus—wanting him to be part of our lives more than anything else. The good news is that he freely shares himself with all of us.
Thank you, God, for sharing your Son and Holy Spirit with all who seek you. Amen.