Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
─ Hebrews 13:5-6 ESV
Caroline knew what it felt like to have little, to struggle and to feel like she’d never get ahead. As a child, she watched her mother grieve when they didn’t have enough for the simple things. She vowed she’d never depend on anyone else. She’d work hard and provide for herself, and she’d done just that.
But once she achieved that goal and had more than enough, she began to feel unhappy. Why did she always feel like she wanted more? When she realized her needs were met, and even her wants; she was able to help others when she saw someone in need. It was then that she her heart felt content.
The answer to the questions, “How can we learn to be content?” is answered in Hebrews 13:5-6.
- Strive to live with less rather than always desiring to get more.
- Give to others out of your abundance, rather than accruing more.
- Delight in what you have, rather than feeling bitter about what you think you’re missing.
- Realize what you have, came from God, and He expresses His love in what He provides.
Discontent, doubt and insecurity can lead to the love of money, whether we have little or a lot. The only answer is to trust God to meet everything we need.
Today’s One Thing
Review our verse for today and the list of things you can do to learn to be content. Choose one of the bullet points above and focus on what you can do this week to practice contentment.