by Marlene Tavares
“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.”‘
(Hebrews 13:5 NIV)
In this passage, we are told to be satisfied with what we have and not give so much value to money (or other materialistic things). Being content with what we have is the key to happiness. If we can look past all the materialistic and vain objects in the world and realize that none of it matters at the end of the day, then we would all be more satisfied and therefore happier. At the end of the day, the important things in life – love, family, friends, salvation, and health – cannot be bought, and as long as we have these blessings, we have everything we need. This does not mean we should not work or aspire to make a living so that we can feed our families and provide shelter for ourselves among other necessities, it simply means that whatever we are given in this life we should be satisfied with – may it be more or less than our neighbour – we should always have a grateful attitude because God always provides us exactly what we need. Sometimes we can get caught up in what we think we need or want and compare ourselves with those who have more but don’t realize that there is always someone out there with less than we have. Covetousness is a vicious cycle that will not allow one to be content unless we have the same or more than another person. If we can just realize that God provides for us every day as He sees fit and just be thankful for having our basic needs met, then we could appreciate more the things that matter in life and free ourselves from our slavery to money.
This thanksgiving, give thanks to God for all He has provided you with and always carry a grateful heart.