When “More! More! More!” isn’t the answer

In yesterday’s devotional I talked about how to be wealthy (without any money). If you missed it click here.

For the next few days, I’m going to push us further on that same theme. Why? Because thinking this stuff through helps us live more abundant lives.

In 1 Timothy 6:6 Paul says that “godliness with contentment is great gain.” In other words, true wealth is the result of living a godly life alongside an attitude of contentment.

What I’d like to focus on is that word “content.”

Our society isn’t really good at teaching contentment. In fact, if often seems to preach a philosophy that we continually need “More! More! More!” 24 hours a day!

In the U.S. News & World Report, Linda Kulman wrote how Americans shell out more for garbage bags than 90 of the world’s 210 countries spend for everything.

And in a book called Money, Bob and Rusty Russell say that in 1900, the average person wanted 72 different things and considered 18 of them essential. Today the average person wants 500 things and considers 100 of them essential!

Unfortunately, it seems that the more we have, the more we want. And the more we have, the more we think we have to have.

So my question is this: Are you content with what you have?

I’m not saying we shouldn’t sometimes treat ourselves or want some nice things. But what I am saying is that if we are NEVER satisfied, and if we are ALWAYS looking for the next best thing, maybe we simply don’t trust that God will provide for us.

Maybe we’re more in love with material things that won’t last than we are with spiritual things that will.

In verse 10 Paul writes: “Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

Don’t let that be you. Work on being content. Trust that God provides.

And the result will be “great gain” in your life.

By Matthew Ruttan

2 thoughts on “When “More! More! More!” isn’t the answer

  1. Years ago I read about a survey someone had done. Regardless of their current income, most people thought that if there income was 20% more they would be happy.


    • Hi Reg. Thanks for the comment! I’ve heard similar things for sure. It reminds me how Rockefeller was once asked how much it would take to satisfy a person and he replied by saying, “Just a little bit more.” 🙂


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