What is the Measure of Your Success

Liz really, really wants a particular video game for Christmas. Will he get it?

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Memory Verse

“Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in abundance of possessions”

Audio Icon   Luke 12:15



In this episode, Liz learns that happiness doesn’t come from things.

There’s nothing wrong with having a lot of nice things or a lot of money. The problem is when those things become more important to us than living for Jesus Christ.

The apostle Paul told the Philippians that he knew “what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Philippians 4:12). Paul had learned that the secret to being content is to trust the Lord and be joyful about all that God gives us—salvation, peace, a promise of eternity in heaven with him. When we trust Christ, we know that we have those things whether we have a lot of money and things or not. And when we have a lot of things, those things can keep us from trusting God.

Want to dig deeper and learn about the proper attitude toward money and things? Read Ecclesiastes 5:10, Matthew 6:20-21, and Hebrews 13:5.


Take a look at all your toys and other belongings. Pick something nice and donate it to your church to give to someone who doesn’t have nice things. (Check with your parents first to make sure it’s OK.) Maybe you have a jacket or coat that you like but it’s a little too small for you now. Maybe you have a toy that you know would be special to a kid who has none. Don’t pick something junky that you don’t want. Pick one thing that will hurt a little to get rid of. You’ll find that you’ll get joy from making the choice not to be greedy.