OK, first off, I saw a great sign in front of a church last night that I think was right on:
Envy is counting someone else's blessings, instead of counting your own.
Pretty smart stuff, that. If we would just pay attention to what we have, rather than to what someone else has that we don't, life would be happier, no?
Next, I came up with these on the way to work yesterday, so I'm sharing them here:
Why would you settle for happiness, when God offers you Joy?
Why would you settle for "the Good Life," when God offers you Eternal Life?
Why would you settle for affluence, when God offers you Abundance?
Why would you settle for friendship, when God offers you Fellowship?
Why would you settle for comfort, when God offers you Peace?
Why would you settle for slogans, when God speaks to you in a Still Small Voice?
It seems to me that this is the bill of goods being sold by a lot of the "prosperity" teachers who are abroad in the church these days. "God wants you to be rich," or "God wants you to be happy," or "God wants you to be pretty," or whatever. It's a crock. The fact is, God wants you. Further, God wants you to be. He wants you to be what He designed you to be, not what some charlatan in an Armani suit and Rolex is telling you you want to be.
All that stuff is just what the world has to offer, and it's all crap - it's all stuff that evaporates like a mist, that rust and moth can destroy. That's no treasure, it's a trap, so don't settle for what the world has, when you can accept what God has been trying to give you all along - peace beyond understanding, life more abundant, forgiveness, eternal life, Joy!