Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Coveting Has No Pleasure

"French author, Guy de Maupassant. He was one of the greatest writers of short stories, as you may be familiar with some of his writings, yet became an utterly tragic figure. Within ten years he rose from obscurity to fame. His material possessions bespoke a life of affluence—a yacht in the Mediterranean, a large house on the Norman Coast, a luxurious flat in Paris. It was said of him that critics praised him, men admired him and women worshipped him. Yet at the height of his fame he went insane, brought on, many believe, by a promiscuous lifestyle. On New Year’s Day in 1892, he tried to cut his throat with a letter-opener, and lived out the last weeks of his life in a private asylum on the French Riviera. After weeks and months of mindless utterances and debilitating pain, he died at the age of forty-two. Guy De Maupassant penned his own epitaph: "I have coveted everything and taken pleasure in nothing.""  - Slice of Infinity Power, pleasure, fortune, fame - all are broken wells- they continually leak and leave us dissatisfied. "My people have committed 2 sins- they have forsaken me the fountain of living water- to make for themselves wells, broken wells that cannot hold water." Jer 2:13 "He who drinks of the living water that I give will never thirst again" Jesus in John 4

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