The Importance of Being Content With What You Have

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There are times in life when we have abundance. Then, there are times when we have scarcity. We should be content with whatever we have and whatever season we are in.

The Apostle Paul says in Philippians 4:11 (ESV), “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.”

In Luke’s gospel, Jesus says the following in Luke 12:15 (ESV): “And he said to them, ‘Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.'”

Hebrews 13:5 (ESV) states: “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

These are wonderful truths from scripture! For some people, it takes a lifetime for them to realize that the “stuff” they accumulate over their lifetime isn’t worth anything. After all, when we die, there’s not a U-Haul attached to our hearse. Despite this, many peoples’ drive in life is to have stuff, stuff, stuff, and more stuff. There is nothing wrong with having money. The Bible doesn’t say “money is the root of all evil.” It says, “the love of money is the root of all evil.” There is a difference.

Whatever season you are in, take a personal inventory of what really matters. The people in our lives matter the most. Our children matter. How we are there for them and how we raise them is so important, especially in the world we live in.

Whatever things we own or don’t own, it’s all on loan to us by God anyway. We do not carry anything away with us into eternity, except for our memories in this life. Of course, when we arrive in Heaven, all pain and hurt will be wiped away from our memory, but we will still have our good memories. This is why it is important to invest in family, invest in time and creating wonderful memories, rather than a lifetime’s work accumulating stuff.

Be content in the Lord, for He is good!

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