There’s a great deal of hype about the new iPhone 5. And if we allow it, we can get all worked up in a frenzy and two things can happen. First, the phone that seemed fine yesterday, can now seem utterly pathetic and little better than an old clunker. It has to go. Secondly, greed can ignite, and make us do dumb things like spend a lot of money, and wait on a long line.
Greed, is the insatiable desire for more and we all do well to ask our self when will we be able to say of the things of this world, “It is enough. I have what I need and even some of what I want.”
Just below are two videos that humorously portray how weak and silly our greed can make us. In the first video, people are handed a new iPhone and they think it is the new iPhone 5. It is not, it is actually the 4s. But merely the suggestion that it is the new one, makes them praise it for qualities it does not actually have.
Ah the power of suggestion and a clear illustration of how gullible we are, how weak our minds, how open to mere suggestion, even when the reality before us is blatant testimony against the suggestion. We ought to think about this as we watch T.V.
The second video is from the “get a life” department and pokes fun at the line standers who get in line for hours, even days to buy a product the moment it becomes available. It is one of the stranger phenomena of Western culture and sad testimony to the kind of spell some of us can be under.
Before viewing the videos, consider a few Scriptures:
Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are the eyes of man. (Prov 27:20)
All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. (Eccles 1:8)
Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. (Eccles 5:10)
There was a man all alone….There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth…..This too is meaningless–a miserable business! (Eccles 4:8)
Disclaimer – I like my Apple products. I have an iPhone 4s. But my contract does not renew for 1.5 years. That’s fine. My (now hopelessly out of date, late model clunker, yesterday’s news) works fine. So I say to my soul, “Soul, wait for the beta, or 5.2 or whatever they call it. No iPhone 5 for you.”
Amen Lord. It is enough.
Enjoy these funny videos.