Recently I met with an older couple who lived solely on social security, a small pension, and a few stock dividends. They didn’t make much money but they lived with such a level of contentment that was amazing to me. Here is a family that has virtually nothing from a worldly perspective yet they have it all when they look at their life. With the Lord, they are totally and completely content with everything.
What is also amazing to me is the high number of people who lack contentment. They complain about their spouse, their weight, their job, their family, and their friends. Then they go out get a new job, a new car, a new home, a new spouse, new friends, or new whatever hoping that this version of “new ” will satisfy them.
Discontentment leads no place worth going! Greed and impulse buying cause debts to skyrocket. You then become owned by the mortgage companies, the banks, credit card and loan companies. Debt allows the enemy to make you a slave: you work harder, work longer hours, spend less time with your family, and you are prevented from doing what God calls you to do.
We truly live in the most abundant and blessed nation in the world, yet few experience financial freedom because they allow discontentment to trap them into a life of bondage. How many people truly seem happy? How many do you hear complaining every day? One look at the poverty stricken nations or even within our communities and you will see you are truly blessed. A man once complained about not having shoes until he met a man with no feet. The grass will never be green on the other side until…you become content with that which you already have! The greatest opportunities often come when you’re not looking for the next best thing.