Whoever dies with the most toys wins

Someone shared a Casting Crown song with us during prayer meeting today, entitled “American Dream”. Odd though, since we are not Americans, but one line in the song I find most poignant: Whoever dies with the most toys wins.

Isn’t it a starker but more contemporary and modern way to explain Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

We are in the pursuit of more and more, and more.

This reminds me of what Esther just posted. In our wanting more and more, what have we done for the kingdom of God?

“Whoever dies with the most toys wins.” Does this sound true to you personally in some way or the other?



  1. You quote here about the most toys sounds like a child's lament? Is it Pearlie? - Dave

  2. Hi Dave,
    Hmm ... in a way it is. The funny thing is I am at the moment in conversation with a friend lamenting how immature people are these days. And this quote is just that - it is a satirical way of saying how meaningless it is, our hunting for more and more, because we have to abandon all of them at death anyway. No one is going to win -- only those whom the Lord calls "faithful servants".

  3. Another lie of satan that so many have and are buying into. The Bible, and the Bible only speaks truth. satan is a liar and has always been a liar from the beginning in the Garden. He seeks whom he can devour and sadly he decours many.

  4. Pearlie, no one I know says that, but we have been guilty of living as though we believe it.

    I've been holding a Bible study in my home for several weeks on the book of James. You reminded of something that struck me in Ch. 1:

    "The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.

    Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him."

    This really made me consider how much I invest in contentment in this life, vs. how much I invest in and value the testing and perserverance for that crown.

  5. Susan,
    So true, and yet many listen to the wrong voice. We need to pray and spread the Gospel more.

  6. Missy,
    I am asking myself the same question too. To have that quote appear poignant to me isn't a comfort. It is indeed challenging me to question my priorities in life.


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