One of the most elusive desires in our life is to find contentment. It’s an attitude found when we abide in Christ.
Our founder, Larry Burkett said that many people seemingly have little or no regard for material possessions. They accept poverty as a normal living condition, and their major concern is where they will sleep each night. Are they living lives of contentment? Hardly. In contrast, the affluent have the best our society has to offer at their disposal. Their homes are the community showplaces, their summer cottages are actually small hotels, and their automobiles cost more than most families’ houses, but does their abundance guarantee contentment? Considering the amount of alcohol many of them consume, the therapists they see, and the tranquilizers a lot of them take, it’s hard to imagine this group is any more content than those living on the financial edge. So if poverty doesn’t provide it and money can’t buy it, how can you be content?
Proverbs 30:8-9 reads, “Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is my portion, lest I be full and deny you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or lest I be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God.” Contentment is found in knowing God’s plan for your life, having the conviction to live it, and believing that God’s peace is greater than any problem. You see money is a tool to use in accomplishing His plan through us. Having contentment doesn’t mean you won’t have stress, but when you surrender it to the Lord, you can trust Him to take it and replace it with His peace.
And if you’re overloaded with credit card debt, I suggest Christian Credit Counselors. They’ll create a debt management plan that will work for you. For more information call the Crown Helpline: 800-722-1976 or visit us online at crown.org/ccc.