Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Enough or Excess?

We just finished our Don't Waste Your Life Series and ended on the topic of the American Dream. As we took a close look at our loves, I was reminded that this question "Enough or Excess?" is not an easy one.

Here's just a sample:
  • How do you know when to eat at your favorite restaurant or instead give that money to Feed the Hungry?
  • How do you know when to carpet your own house or pay to help carpet the church house?
  • How do you know when to pay for that nice get away trip or to pay to send your favorite missionary on a trip where they will be sharing the gospel?

The answer lies in contentment. A person who is truly content seems to make these decisions with thankfulness and ease. I am not this person.

How do you make decisions like this on a daily basis? How do you decide when to spend something on yourself and when to give it away?

I'd love to hear your answers. I do abound in the Lord's blessings. But I'm not sure if I "know how to abound" as Paul did in Philippians 4.

If you want to read a great story about contentment, check out The Rich Family in Church.

HT: Crystal.

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