Directions Against Covetousness

And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15

Remember how short a time you have to enjoy the wealth you have accumulated. How quickly are you stripped of all! The world is just an inn or passage, and life is short. You are almost dead and gone already. If you are rich today, and in another world tomorrow, is not poverty just as good? Oh distracted soul! Do you make so great a matter of riches with so short a time? Cast your eye on invisible and eternal things, you will scarce have leisure to consider the temporal. A man led to execution scarce looks at the shops in the street as he passes by. These do not concern him. Oh look to the end, and live as you die! Seek now that which will be important in the end, when you will have full experience to make you wiser.
~ Richard Baxter

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