How Much is "Enough"?

One important aspect of learning to be content is considering how much is "enough".   "Enough" is different for each of us. It's not just different amounts of money, but different goals and priorities.   




For me, "enough" may be  having my home paid off and enough extra cash for a family vacation and to go out to dinner once in a while.  For you, "enough" may mean renting a small apartment so that you can enjoy traveling and eating out frequently.  For your neighbor, "enough" might be living on a shoestring budget so that he can retire early to do inner-city missions work.

For many people, getting to the place of having "enough" is an elusive concept because they have never thought about their deepest values and how money relates, or does not relate to those goals and values. 

However, even when we do come up with some amount of money or accomplishment that we think would be "enough", it will never satisfy us if we seek fulfillment and security in money, rather than our relationship with God. Lack of contentment is the symptom of a deeper problem.  We have put our trust and our identity in something other than God.  Maybe it's money, or maybe it's our job or our intelligence or our children.To begin to live a life of contentment, you must first address these heart issues with God.  Only when you are secure in your identity as a dearly loved and completely accepted child of God, can you begin to define what is truly "enough".  

You can begin this process by spending time with God every day and allowing him to fill you up and transform your heart's will to His will.  As you spend time with Him, in His Word, He will begin to give your his wisdom and you can set goals based on His will and wisdom.  Only after you've allowed Him into your heart, can you can begin to make financial choices that reflect His priorities.

Money is merely a tool. And as with any tool, a skilled craftsman can use it to build something amazing, but in the hands of the unskilled it can be very dangerous!  I hope to help guide you in your journey to become that skilled craftsman through encouraging your in the timeless financial principles that God has given us His Word.
 
Ecclesiastes 5:10
Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.

Psalm 23:1
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Philippians 4:11-13
For I have learned to be content, whatever the circumstances may be. I know now how to live when things are difficult and I know how to live when things are prosperous. In general and in particular I have learned the secret of eating well or going hungry of facing either plenty of poverty. I am ready for anything through the strength of the One who lives within me.


1 Timothy 6:7-10
For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.