How Much Do We Need To Be Happy?

It’s one week until Christmas day. Many people have finished their shopping while others are heading out for some last-minute gifts. The Christmas season is one of the best times of the year for merchants. It can also be a tough time if money is limited for someone. Which brings to mind a question; “How much is enough?”
Someone has said that when you ask someone how much money they need, their response is, “Just a little bit more.” That’s about right. We all think we could be happy if we had just a little more money. But, is that the case? No, it’s not. If it were, more people would be happy.
Proverbs 30:7 says, “O God, I beg two favors from you; First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?”
And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.”
Think about the second request; “…give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs…” Would we pray that prayer? Let’s be honest. Some of us would but, many people would say “Lord, I want to win the lottery!” We might even add, “Lord, I promise to tithe to the church if you let me win the lottery!” 🙂
Seriously though… how much is enough? This verse is good… it’s telling us, we don’t have to have money to be happy instead, we should focus on provision. “Lord, just give me enough to satisfy my needs.”
The apostle Paul wrote, “Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have” (Philippians 4:11).
So today, are you content? Are you satisfied? If you aren’t… don’t beat yourself up but, we need to ask the Lord to help us get to a point where we don’t think more money or a bigger tv or a nice trip would make us happy.
Socrates once said, “He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”
Today, let’s ask the Lord to help us to be content with our daily needs being met.

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