Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Little Bit More

“Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God.”Ecclesiastes 5:19 (New International Version).  I love this verse, it’s something I personally need to hear.  If your anything like I am you know how easy it can be to get caught in the trap of (if – then) thinking.  (Sorry the geek coming out there)
  • If (I get that new job) -> Then (I’ll be happy)
  • If (I was married) -> Then (I’d be happy)
  • If (I wasn’t married) -> Then (I’d be happy)
  • If (I had kids) -> Then (I’ll be satisfied)
  • If (I made 20K more) -> Then (I wouldn’t worry about money)
  • If (we had a bigger house) -> Then (the kids and I would be happier)
And the list goes on and on!
Peace and happiness don’t come from things, status, money, or power.  You’re as happy as your going to be with or without.  It does not come from getting more, or having what you want, it comes from being satisfied and finding happiness in what God has blessed you with now!
Let me say that one again, “Happiness does not come from getting more, or having what you want, it comes from being satisfied and finding happiness in whatGod has blessed you with now.”
Oh man it’s sooooo hard for me to keep that in perspective sometimes.  It’s easy to get caught in the if-then thinking of “I could just manage to get that one thing, that car, house, job, THEN I could relax and be happy.”   Unfortunately It just doesn’t work that way.  A while back I wrote about dissatisfaction and this post today ties in with that well.  It’s sick but true, we live in a culture designed specifically to cause dissatisfaction with our current situation.
“There are only two ways to have enough in life: get more or want less.”
Think about how much happier we would be if we wanted less.
  • How much “richer” would God’s blessing on our lives be?
  • How much “more powerful” of a witness could we be?
  • How much “greater” would God be able to use us?
Lets find out!!
-Christopher Behnke
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1 comment:

  1. I love this post, its an encouragement to read this post. I often find myself getting trapped in the trap of "a little bit more"

    Thanks, GREAT insight!