The whole advertising industry is built on discontentment. If the shops and the marketers can make us feel like our lives are incomplete without their product, then we are more likely to make a purchase.
The need to get the next product or to buy something else can even become an addiction for some people called shopaholics. The shopaholic will buy to relieve anxiety and over time the buying creates a dysfunctional lifestyle and more and more of their focus is on shopping.
Though you may not be a full-blown shopaholic, there is a root of covetousness in all of us. The problem with wanting to have more is that it causes us to never be satisfied or to feel good enough.
1 Timothy 6:6-8 says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”
Happiness comes from knowing God and being content with just food and raiment. Sometimes the most miserable people in the world are those who have the most but want just a little bit more.
As we enter a very dismal financial time, as we are plagued with increasing rates of unemployment and rising costs of food and fuel, we must remember to be thankful for what we do have.
If you have food on the table and coal in the hearth, you are very blessed. If others don’t have food or heat, we should help them.
I wonder what it would it take for you and I to be content? If we are not happy with what we have today, we will not be happy tomorrow, even if we get what we want.