We’ve talked about how many of us have negative feelings towards wealthy folks. Even while we are unsatisfied and perhaps envious of wealthy folks, we often believe our lives will be easier if we had more of it.
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John D Rockefeller was asked how much money is enough, and the answer was “just a little more.” The thing is that we never seem have enough. We always would like to have more money. We think that if we had a little more, our problems would be solved. We wouldn’t have to worry about money if we had just a little more. If we had a a little more, we could save for retirement. If we had a little more, we would be a better parent. If we had a little more, we could be a better friend.
The truth is that for most of us, a little more money isn’t enough. Once we get that raise at work, we’d still like to have a little more. We still aren’t satisfied.
The reason is that many if us are on a “bigger, better hunt.” We are always hunting for the next bigger, better thing. We move into that new bigger house, and not long after we’re looking to get into an even bigger, better house in that better neighborhood. We buy a new flat screen TV, and not long after we’re looking at the newest models. We have an iPhone 4, but we’re not content with it because the iPhone 5 is now is out.
The answer to continual dissatisfaction is to find a way to be content with what we already have.
Here are a few things to keep in mind that may help you find contentment.
1. Everything is temporary
No matter what thing you buy, it has a life span. That iPhone will last only a few years. Unles restoring old cars is your hobby, our cars last for about 10 to 20 years – many even less if they’re involved in an accident. Houses last a lot longer, but they’re not forever either. The Starbucks coffee we buy lasts only about 20 minutes, and after an hour it’s cold.
If we remember that things are temporary, it makes it a bit easier to be content with what we already have.
2. That feeling we get from buying things is short
A lot of time we buy things so that we’ll experience a feeling. We get an emotional high when we buy things. It feels good. The problem is that this feeling only lasts a few days to a few months – sometimes even just a few hours. That new house we bought doesn’t feel so special after we’ve lived in it for a year.
If we remember that the emotional high we will get from making a purchase is short, it is easier to be content with what we have.
3. Things don’t bring true satisfaction
We are always let down when we expect a thing to satisfy us. We get that short emotional high, but then we experience dissapointment. This is becuase things aren’t meant to satisfy us. I believe that until we have a relationship with Jesus, we will always feel a little discontented. Trying to fix this discontent with more stuff doesn’t work. Satisfaction comes from a connection with God, loving relationships, and in living out our purpose.
If we remember that things don’t bring ultimate satisfaction, it’s easier to be content with what we already have.
Now it’s your turn. How do you remain content, or do you constantly feel like you need more? Tell us about it.