I guess I’m dealing a bit in clichés today. There’s a saying that rightly says, “Luxury, once tasted, becomes necessity.” Another is a rhetorical quote from the Bible, “Why do you spend money for that which is not bread?” Another is a quote from The Foxfire Book – Volume 11, “Providing your food is half a living.” (Close if not exact.) The final saying is the old “fact” that Americans spend only 15 percent of their income on food. The real truth is that the rate has actually fallen to only 10 percent. Amazingly, that INCLUDES the amount spent dining out.
Now, the statement from The Foxfire Book was made in the 70’s by a fellow who may or may not have had running water in his home, so he lived life pretty close to the bone. Still, he considered himself to have had a good life. If his statement is true, then most of us could survive on only 30 percent of our income (or less). It seems to me that sort of proves the truth of the statement on luxury and makes the biblical question quite relevant. Why do we ruin our health and waste our lives chasing “things?” My vote is because Satan wants us to. What do YOU think? © 2013