What Does ‘The Good Life’ Really Mean for Christians? Part 1

My sons sometimes play, “Would you rather?” It’s that game where you ask the silliest questions you can, in order to make a false and ridiculous choice.

Would you rather eat Flaming Hot Cheetos every day for the rest of your life or never eat them again? Would you rather be silent or still all day long?

Recently, the boys landed on a more serious question: Would you rather have more time or more money?

If we were to consider this question outside of playing a kid’s game, it invites us to consider the notion of “The Good Life.”

What Do We Consider as ‘The Good Life’?

What do you think of when you consider The Good Life? Is it a life of time with friends, family, and neighbors, living fully, and giving generously?

Or is it a life of more? More money, more stuff, more vacations, more financial security, more of the brands you like, more influence?

The reality is, even if you aren’t a materialistically minded person, so many of us are inundated with messages about The Good Life.

There are songs about money, advertisements about new cars, and wealth-building. We have influencers online showing off their luxurious lifestyles. We hear and see these messages all the time — messaging that tells us this: “more” is always better.

Furthermore, these messages about The Good Life come with promises of security, stability, identity, a good reputation, peace, and prosperity.

But interestingly, research, data, and most importantly, Jesus teach that’s categorically untrue. Chasing “more” is not the so-called good life and does not deliver on the promises it sells.

What Does Jesus Say the Good Life Really Is?

Thankfully, Jesus has something to say about what The Good Life really is.

In the Parable of The Rich Fool, found in on AM1160 in Chicago. You can preorder her upcoming children’s bookBig Feeling Days: A Book About Hard Things, Heavy Emotions, and Jesus’ Love, and find and follow her @aubsamp on Instagram. Go to for more. 

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