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Source of True Contentment

Do you remember what it felt like to get your first paycheck after graduating from college? My first professional salary was $33,000 a year and I felt rich when I got that first paycheck! It was far greater than anything I had made for two weeks of work prior to that. However, it wasn’t long before I didn’t feel rich any more.

I also remember a time when I thought that anyone who made $100,000 was really well off. And I also remember reaching that point myself and thinking it didn’t go as far as I thought it would for my family.

“Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” Haggai 1:5-6

Can you relate?

If you get a pay raise, how long does it typically take to adjust your spending higher?

How easy is it to reduce your lifestyle after you have adjusted spending higher?

Philippians 4:11-13 “… I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”

1 Timothy 6:8 “But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”

Hebrews 13:5 “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

True contentment comes from who we know; not what we have!


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