I do need things such as homes and cars; however, they should not be my focus. Covetousness in my life is revealed by the amount of mental preoccupation and emotional attachment that I develop for things that will not last and that ultimately will not bring fulfillment or give me true satisfaction.
“What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? … The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. … I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. … I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards: I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: I made me pools of water … . And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them … . Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun” (See Ecclesiastes 1:3–2:11.)