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Friday, December 4, 2009

The KEY to Frugal Living

Today I want to talk about a word that's sometimes really hard to swallow, but it is key to frugality.  Contentment.  The Bible tells us in 1 Timothy 6:6 "Now godliness with contentment is great gain."  Sounds easy, but rarely actually is!

We live in America, the land of plenty.  I love our great country and the opportunities it has.  However, living in the land of plenty, I am almost daily faced with making sure I live in contentment.  It can be hard. So many people have gadgets and services that I can't have for now.  That green-eyed monster starts to creep in and I have to remind myself, I don't know their situation.  It's easy to look at someone else and think things are so much better and easier for them, but we can't see the whole picture.  Maybe things aren't as good as they appear.

I know that even if I had the choice, right now, I don't want any of those things.  I want to save for another vehicle with cash.  Our cars are both clunkers and need to be replaced before too long.  And since debt is not an option that either of us will consider, we need to start saving.  I want to continue to have Financial Peace.

Remember stuff is JUST stuff.  Stuff will fade and not be nearly so shiny in a couple of weeks or months.  The newness will wear off.  Those gadgets will get old and need to be replaced with the new, better gadgets.  You can always get some stuff, but contentment is a learned behavior which truly will make you happier.  Not just today when it's shiny, but ALWAYS!

Just some food for thought!

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Theresa said...

I try to continually remember that verse. I just wrote it on my kitchen chalkboard a few days ago. I am in Canada, and like America, we have SOOO much! It feels like a constant battle of the mind to remember that most of the world struggle to have even their basic needs met. Thanks for this post, it really reiterates what the Lord is trying to teach me.

Lori said...

Isn't God amazing how He works. I love it, I'm glad I was able to encourage you. Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone! It helps to know there are others walking along side you.

Mark and Christine said...

Love Financial Peace! Your right...stuff is just stuff. I recently helped clean out someones house and all of her stuff was just junk to us. I try to remember that my stuff will be someone else's junk one day.

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