Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3:2
“Blessed is the mind which, during prayer, is drawn neither to the material nor to possessions.”
St. Nilus of Sinai (d. A.D. 430) in Saints’ Quotes: Holy Quotations for Purification of the Soul, Collection One.
We live in a world that looks for peace of mind. We can help them find it. It’s found in focusing on God and not on things. Think about it. When we pray without ceasing, we find ourselves growing in contentment, gratitude, peace, joy, and so much more.
And when we focus on the material or possession, where does that lead us? We drip with discontent, entitlement, unrest, and sorrow. Want to blessed? St. Nilus points the way to blessing and generosity: pray, pray, pray so that your focus is not drawn to the material or possessions.
The former will lead to satisfaction whilst the latter to dissatisfaction. The link to giving relates to letting go. Generosity helps us let go of the things that try to dominate our minds. God, help us fix our mind and affections on you. Amen.