How Content Are You?

How content are you? 

Do you think buying new clothes, furniture, vacation, car or house would make your life better?  Think again. Debt is a deceiver. It enslaves, robs joy, and deprives borrowers of many opportunities. It sets households back financially, adds unnecessary stress, affects sleep and health and causes marital strife. Sadly, it prevents people from seeing God work in miraculous ways. So why do people give in to it? They falsely believe they’ll find contentment in what debt can buy.  They fall for the lie that more, better, faster, newer will bring them happiness, status, acceptance, or success, but in the end, they discover it’s an empty lie.

Paul said he learned the secret of being content, whether facing plenty or hunger, abundance or need. Like Paul, we have to be willing to say “No” to things of this world and “Yes” to the things of God. He told Timothy that “…godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of it. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” (1 Timothy 6:6-8) Now the Bible doesn’t prohibit borrowing, but it strongly warns of its dangers. Credit cards are fine when purchasing budgeted items and paying off the balance each month to avoid penalties and interest. Take to heart what the writer of Hebrews said in chapter 13: “Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you…” 

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