I have been reminded that any effort on my part without God is useless. Build a house to hold all the stuff I have collected so I can go out and make the money needed to buy more stuff but unless God is in the equation, it is wasted activity.
"To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, 'If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'" John 8:31-32