Jesus said, for one to find his life he must lose it. I know that doesn't necessarily apply to material things and it is more about us giving up the old way (the self life) and losing ourselves in Him. But for me this is what's happening. My life that is hidden with Christ in God he is revealing, doesn't seem to care as much about the material things. I am seeing them for the dangerous distraction they are. Not only are they a dangerous distraction, they just don't satisfy.
But the place or home, I am finding in the heart of this awesome Father, that has been prepared for me can't be described with mere words. The more of that old me I lose the more real this other life I am finding springs forth. He is more real, the spirit is more real, my family is more real and I am finding friendships to be more real. You might say, I have felt this year like I am for the first time begining to breath and live as if I am a new person.
What could I go out and buy with money that could compare to this. Nothing can compare but it just might compete for my attention which I am learning would be a tragedy.
The words of Christ about losing my life to find it in Him seems to be wonderful advice to hang onto during this most distracting of Holidays.
Enjoy Him in full everyday of your life that remains.