Philippians 4:11 - Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. NASU
Now I can testify there was a time in my life when I wasn't happy because I always wanted more. I could not be satisfied with what I had because I was looking at what others had and they had more than me.
I also believed all the commercials and magazine advertisements and needed what they were selling.
When traveling down this road beware because it is very destructive.
Look what the apostle Paul says:
For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Tim. 6:7-10)
Let me share with you a truth I have witnessed on numerous occasions and that is money will not bring you happiness.
I have met some very rich people and they weren't happy. On the other hand, I have met some of the poorest people in the world who were smiling and so very happy to just be alive.
Once I sent some money to a family who lived in Africa and they responded to me by informing me how they spent the money I sent to them. They bought a goat to provide milk for their family and they were so ecstatic that they now owned a goat.
Now for you my American readers how happy would you be to buy a goat? Yeah, just what I thought.
I also went to Mexico and have built numerous houses while a minister at Christ's Church of the Valley for families with 2, 3, and 4 children plus mom and dad. The size of the house was 11' x 22'. My garage is larger than their house. This house didn't have water or electric. It did have two windows and one door.
Yet, when we handed them their house keys and a Spanish Bible the mom's were always crying tears of joy.
This doesn't mean you can't work for and acquire more items. All I am saying is be content with what you own and your life will be awesome.
Think About This:
As we get older we always start to downsize. We sell or give away things we thought we had to have.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
Gary A Serago.