Have you ever heard the saying, “Someone else is happy with less that what you have?” When I heard these words, I realized, I was in the process of learning this lesson.
I printed this message and hung it on my fridge two years ago. We don’t have a lot of extra money, nor have we ever, and so during that summer, I was going to help my kids appreciate our hand me downs and inexpensive dinners. To my pleasant surprise, they were easy to teach. They understood these words more than I ever did. They got it so well, that they started teaching me.
My prideful self didn’t realize that I was the one that needed this lesson. I read that sign every day, and I would point it out to the kids and talk about it, as if I were teaching them something. The more I talked about it, the more I started to believe it and my heart started to change. I started to long for “simple”. I stopped wanting something that was out of our budget. I stopped wanting things that were planned for other people’s lives. I started living the life that was planned for me and not someone else. I started imagining my dream home, and to my surprise it was a smaller, simpler home than what I had dreamt of before. I still love big and beautiful homes, but I think God has a different path for my family, and I’m ok with that. Not wrong, but different. Was I becoming content? I told myself and others that I was before, since we didn’t live extravagantly or have the fanciest things. But was I truly content? Nope, I was holding on to some pretty jealous ways of thinking without even realizing it.
Hebrews 13:5(NIV) -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.”[a]