One of the biggest lies the world tells us is that contentment comes from gain. In other words, the more you have, the more content you feel. But contentment actually starts with a choice. Rob West talks about that with Ron Blue, author of the book, Never Enough.
- Contentment, above any other trait, should really be the hallmark of a mature believer's financial life. Hebrews 13:5 says, "Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, 'I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.'" The starting point for "enough" is defined in this verse. “Enough” is what I already have. I can be content with what I have because contentment
is a choice — a decision.
- Even the apostle Paul learned contentment along the way, and he shared his insight in Philippians 4, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot … I have learned the secret of being content whether well fed or hungry … I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
- And in 1 Timothy 6, Paul says, “But godliness with contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction.” Finding contentment is a process, not an event.
- The Paradox of Prosperity
- Ron Blue says one of the main lessons he has learned on the path to contentment has to do with what he calls the “paradox of prosperity,” which he defines as, "The more you have, the more choices you have, and the less real freedom you have." The world tells us is that having stuff like a bigger home or better car or a more impressive vacation will make us content, but it won’t. We forget that we can’t have the stuff without the stress that comes with it.
- How do we find contentment?
- Ron says that first, we have to make the decision that we’re going to be content with what we have, what God has already provided. Then we need to pray that God will align our wills with His. James 1:5 reads, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
On this program, Rob also answers listener questions:
- Our son, who is still in high school, is interested in learning about investing. What’s the best way to teach him?
- We purchased some EE Bonds to help our daughters offset the costs of college. They’re not doing very well as investments, and one daughter has decided not too attend college. Should we reinvest this money somewhere else?
- I’m downsizing and selling my house for cash. Should I finance my next home? Or pay cash for it?
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