February 12, 2013
An Attitude of Satisfaction
by Charles R. Swindoll
Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
have the wisdom to show restraint.
Proverbs 23:4 (NIV)
To the surprise of many people, the Bible says a great deal about money.
It talks about earning and spending, saving and giving, investing and even wasting our money. But in none of this does it ever come near to suggesting that money brings ultimate security.
If there were one great message I could deliver to those who struggle with not having an abundance of this world's goods, it would be this simple yet profound premise for happiness.
For a moment, let's go at it backwards, from right to left.
That which constitutes great wealth is not related to money. It is an attitude of satisfaction ("enough is enough") coupled with inner peace (an absence of churning) plus a day-by-day, moment-by-moment walk with God.
Sounds so simple, so right, so good, doesn't it? In our world of more, more, more . . . push, push, push . . . grab, grab, grab, this counsel is long overdue.
In a word, the secret is contentment.
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Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.