Look! It’s Right In Front Of You


The LORD God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil…. The first branch, called the Pishon, flowed around the entire land of Havilah, where gold is found. (‭Genesis‬ ‭2‬:‭9, 11‬ NLT)

God gave Adam everything. He literally had the best the world had to offer. He had water, the most beautiful and luscious fruit you can imagine, gorgeous plants, and even a help mate in Eve. To top off the beautiful scenery (although I’m sure Eve was a looker too), he had a section of the garden with gold in it…


Not only was Adam the first man God created and had perfect, uninterrupted relationship with that God, he was rich.

Adam still wanted something else. Isn’t that funny. Out of all he had, water, food, companionship, gold, and just about everything else, Adam still fell into the trap when Eve told him about the fruit on that one tree.

We’re like Adam in so many ways. This is another.

We have so much at our fingertips. If you’re able to read this blog, I’m guessing you’re in the upper regions of the wealthiest people on earth. We still all want more. We want what we can’t have.

It’s an epidemic. We have this appetite for more and what we perceive as greater. Empires have fallen because of it, families have been ruined due to it, and debt accumulates as a result of it.

Don’t fall for it.

The challenge for us today?

To be happy. Notice, I didn’t say you shouldn’t work for more or earn more or desire nice things. We just have to appreciate the things we do have. We have to learn that if we can’t be happy with what we have, more isn’t going to fill the void… it’s not going to fix it.

Why have something else? Be joyful with what you have.


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One Comment

  1. So often our attitude is “just one more”. Contentment is a tricky character quality. A balance of gratitude for what we have while striving to improve our lives and make a difference. Content, but not complacent.

    Good words, Jonathan. Keep up the good work.


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