There seems to be a theme with these Seven Deadly Sins. Have you noticed how each one seems to be a sin of excess? And greed is no exception to this rule. Greed is also a sin of desire, of wanting more than we need. And this one takes little to no imagination to picture. The Scrooges of the world, hording their money. The wicked man who builds bigger and bigger barns to store all of his worldly goods.
But greed, like all of these deadly sins, is a sneaky one. Although our bank account is spilling over, although our home aren't full of high-quality items, we can still be caught up in greed in another form. Success.
We have a fixation with success, with keeping up with our neighbors and friends. Even as young as elementary school, the conspicuous lack of certain brands of clothing, of Lisa Frank folders, the same lunch box each year, turns itself into greed tripping us. As we grow older, Lisa Frank turns to other wants and brands. A car when we turn sixteen (or providing a car to your new sixteen year old). A class ring, an expensive engagement ring.
Greed trips us up young, wanting to be perceived as members of a good, successful family and seems to latch on, interfering with each step we take. It preoccupies us with worldly goods, interfering with our true heavenly goals. Our goals on Earth is not to have the best home or the fastest car, it is to live the life we are called to live. The sin of greed isn't having these things though, it is being more focused on them than on our God.
Take a second and check in with yourself:
What are your spiritual goals? Do you even have any?
Do you reward yourself frequently with things? Is stuff your motivation?
Do you brag about what you have accumulated or seek opportunities to show it off?
Success isn't a sin and owning things isn't either; the sin is in our mentality, our intentions behind what do and own.