Years ago, my new apartment had a really nifty feature: a trash compactor. A device, according to the comedian Gallagher, designed to condense twenty pounds of trash into twenty pounds of trash.
Nifty, until I tried to use it. I bought plastic garbage bags to fit inside it .. which split and leaked. I went out and bought the expensive reinforced paper bags recommended by the manufacturer, and put the leaky plastic bags inside them, and mashed them again.
I was overconsuming in the worst way. With all due respect to another comedian – George Carlin – I suddenly realized I had bought something to stuff with the stuff that I had stuffed with the stuff I didn’t want in the first place.
I never used the trash masher again.
Of spiritual wealth, there can never be enough – but we seem to desire it less. It accumulates through giving to others of our material wealth; to God, of our worship.