Economy, economy, economy. That’s all we hear these days. I’ve been thinking about what I can do during this time to lighten the stress.

We live in a world that is consumed with stuff: clothes, cars, shoes, houses, jewelry, electronics, the list goes on and on. Although it’s nice to have things, they don’t bring joy and happiness. Because the bottom line is we will always want more. Always! Why? There’s always the newest model or style, and if we drive a 2005 model, we see that 2009 model roll by and we want it! We never seem to be content with what we have. Instead of saving we buy, buy, buy!

I would like to challenge all of us to be content with what we have and what we have been given. Let’s just say no to stuff.

It will be hard to say no to ourselves and to our kids, but this could be a lesson to our kids in contentment.

It’s nice to have stuff, but we shouldn’t find value in stuff but in our relationship with the Lord. We should share the attitude of the apostle Paul in Philippians 4:11.

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

Philippians 4:11

The fact that Paul has “learned” to be content gives me hope that it’s a process and it will take time.

I pray that we will all challenge ourselves to refrain from living beyond our means and learn to be content.