I had a classmate years ago who had an interesting perspective.

Rich had a nice vintage Datsun roadster that I really liked.  I met him in San Diego and I got to ride his car.

I would often compliment how nice his wheels were and how shiny the car was.

While he appreciated every blessing that came from God and acknowledged that every good and perfect gift comes from Him, he often replied with this statement:

“It’s all gonna burn anyway.”

I often wondered why he said that. I asked him one time and he told me that that statement helps him to keep things in proper view.

While thankful for the gifts God gives, everything he has and owns are temporary.

It helps him keep his eyes not on the things that are temporary but on the things that are of eternal value.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle. (Proverbs 23:5)

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)

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