Contentment.. Are you content with what you have?

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  1. evangelist6589

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    Me and my wife are taking a class at Church on finances. We are reading a book by Crown Financial Ministries which is more Biblical than Dave Ramsey's books. My major regret from recent years was owning a smart phone when I was unemployed or on a low income. I survived 10 years ago without a smart phone, and living so far away from my parents costing me hundreds of dollars in travel costs to see my family each time. Also buying too many movies. Got over 40 of them I bought on iTunes, subscribing to Cable TV when I could not afford it. Perhaps some of my problems is due to a lack of CONTENTMENT, however the Crown book does justify some debts as long as they appreciate in value or produce an income. When my engine blew on my car a few years back I had no choice but to take on a small loan and get a new car as I needed an income and a car got me there so that kind of debt the book justifies, but it does not justify getting school loans for ministry degrees or other non marketable degrees that will not produce a good income to pay back the debts. So what can I do in my present situation? Be faithful with what I have and if God desires me to get out of debt he will give me the income.

    So are you content with what God has provided or do you constantly need more???
     
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    I like what Paul says here:

    Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.
    Philippians 4:11-12 NAS77

    I like this because I've been there. I made a ton of money in the car business including my last one in six figures. I made less than $10,000 serving two churches the following year. I've owned properties and significant investments only to liquidate every penny to cover my son's illness and extensive hospitalizations. Experience tells me that if you are not content with a widow's mite you will not be content with a king's ransom. I had both and found contentment with the lesser of the two. Why?

    We ask the Lord to "give us this day our daily bread." He does so according to " according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." That is His provision for us. It exhibits a Father's love for His children by meeting our needs. God has done this for us.

    Back in the day I would boast at length about my ability to close a sale and produce a hearty income. The more I focused on my own industry the less I depended on God and the less content I became.
     
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    I'm somewhat content. I just wish we could take the time to do some work on this house. It will cost a little bit of money but more sweat equity which we just don't have the ability to do right now. Or maybe we do and just haven't done it. I'm not sure. But other than that, I'm very satisfied with my life.

    One thing that's funny about money is this:

    I have a very old coat that I wear riding. It's a special coat for riding and it's as warm as toast in the dead of winter. It's ugly but I don't mind because it gets drooled on and pooped on so it's fine. It's just a little big on me and since I got it in the 80s, it makes me look like a linebacker even though I'm just 5'3 and 140 lbs. So I was in the tack store the other day and tried on the newest one and it fits SO well!!! I want it! But I cannot justify getting a new one when my old one still fits and the new one is $199 in that store (I found it online for $139 - cheaper but still unneeded). I had a moment of discontent and then I saw a post on Facebook from a local missions that we work with that stopped me in my tracks. We had single digit temps and the pastor running the mission said that he had kids on his line for food who had no socks, no hats, no gloves and only windbreakers for coats. That was it. So I went through the kids' coats/hats/gloves and got a bag ready to go and then I'm going to go to the store and see what I can get on the clearance rack for about $100. I'm going to work at getting as many warm winter coats as I can to bring over there. Yeah - I don't need that new coat. This one is just fine. :)
     
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    Am I content with what I have?

    Yes and no.

    I'm a collector - firearms if you must know. (Even if you didn't, too late!) I constantly seek 'more' items for my collection. In that sense, I'm not 'content'. However, I don't spend the rent and grocery money, or take out loans for items I desire. I am 'content' with the process of looking and finding items and then figuring out how to afford them without impinging on my serious commitments.

    In a similar manner, I would like to have more faith. I want to rely on God more and be concerned with 'doing it' less. I want to spend more time in prayer and meditation. At the same time, I know God is working in my life to be what He wants me to be. So I'm content with God's time-table and God's work process.

    You asked, "What can I do?" Simply this: Live. Consider your plans and act accordingly. God gave you a brain and He expects that gift to be used. At the same time, consult God about His plans for your life. If you don't get detailed directions immediately, get a job and pay your bills as best you can.

    God will provide for His people. Not always on our schedule, but He always delivers. So just relax and do. If that sounds 'zen', God was around first.
     
  5. evangelist6589

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    Thanks brother. One way to get ahead is not jumping on every new book someone tells me to buy. A friend was telling me to buy this book

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/0310269865/?tag=baptis04-20

    But at the moment I cannot afford it, nor time to read it. I just can't buy everything.
     
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    I get the book thing. Is there a place near you that sells used books? madre and I go to Goodwill and Salvo a lot. We also have a consignment shop a block away that sells a lot of books. Our favorite place is in Cooperstown. You can find just about anything you'd want in their religion section - classics to recent releases. They don't value religious books as high as novels which is reflected in their pricing. I bought Swindoll's Grace Awakening for $2.00.
     
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    None that I know of.
     
  8. Aaron

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    Ay, there's the rub!


    Godliness with contentment is great gain.
     
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    Excellent point. There are many more content poor folks living in the will of God than rich folks living in the will of God. Many rich people have a life as empty as the vastness of outer space. Rare indeed is the person that has everything they want or are rich, and still put the Lord first and remain in His will. My favorite verse in finances is seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and everything else just naturally comes along. For the Christian, there is no need to seek or pursue material gain.
     
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    It may be a result of my life's experience, but I am content.
     
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    Yes, we are quite content, not that we have that much. I live in a 4 million dollar house with a golf course, pool, tennis court, and horses on 26 acres. We have 2 corvettes, a Lexus, and a Fleetwood RV. Of course, at times we go on trips in our Lear jet or yacht for a weekend jaunt. Our savings is down to 4 million, but we have done better with about 9 million in stocks and bonds. We have lost some on our gold and silver as of late. My bonus last year was also down a bit from last year. We do not have what most people do in our neighborhood, but we have learned to appreciate what the Lord has given us.
     
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    2 Corvettes? You are a greedy man SN. :tongue3:
     
  13. Archie the Preacher

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    The definition of a materialistic person:

    Anyone who has more goodies than me!

    And all those folks with less goodies than me are lazy and envious!

    Now excuse me while I polish my self-righteousness.
     
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    Cheetos - always looking for more.
     
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    I have them. Go ahead and covet. I triple dog dare you.
     
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    It is amazing what we could all cut back to and still be happy/content/make do with. Start giving things away. That will make you scream with joy.
     
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    While all of my needs are met, I still can't help but want something better. I live in a 24-year-old RV that has definitely seen it's better days. Still, the roof doesn't leak, and almost everything works. What doesn't work I can live without.

    I would love to have a real house with walls that are thicker than 2 1/2 inches, with plenty of insulation so that I can actually heat the indoors when it's cold and cool it when it's too hot.

    I eat well, although I'm on a restricted diet because of diabetes and other health problems. I suffer really bad from allergies, painful bursitis in my shoulders, neck pain from a fall off a 1-story roof and arthritis in all my joints.

    Still, whenever I feel a sharp pain, I say "Ouch!" Then I praise God. I don't thank Him for the pain; I can't bring myself to do that since I'm not thankful for it. However, like Job, I refuse to blame God or curse His name because of pain, sickness, or other problems. I refuse to give the devil the satisfaction of hearing me say anything other than "Praise God!"
     
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    Paul wrote in Philippians 4:11--
    The late broadcaster Paul Harvey noted that it was obvious that Paul was not a Texan.

    But he was a Southerner, since Paul said things like "I beseech you all...."

    I think I'm like a lot of people. I don't want a lot more, just a little more than I've got. Say, about half of what saturneptune has, and I'll be content.
     

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