Unlike Jean Valjean in Les Misérables who stole a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving family, the majority steal things they don't need. In fact, some steal for the thrill of it. And it's not just kids - 75% of shoplifters are adults.
We live in a culture of discontent, and it's easy to take on an attitude of entitlement. While 10 out of 11 don't shoplift, that doesn't mean they don't overspend or complain about how little they have.
That's why it's good to examine our hearts from time to time and ask God to make us grateful and contented. And it's a good reason to memorize Philippians 4:12,13.
copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
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