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Whether your budget is tight because you are trying to save money, or because there just isn’t enough money for a decorating budget at all, often dropping a few hundred dollars as Ikea to make over your reading nook isn’t a reality.
I’m normally fairly contended with my life and the things I have chosen to fill it with. But sometimes after reading blog post after blog post and seeing beautiful homes that are tastefully decorated, I start to become discontent with what I have.
Maybe a nice rug would pull my living room together. Or some prettier wine glasses for all the entertaining I don’t do. My husband and I both work very hard, shouldn’t we be able to enjoy spending some money? We already sacrifice by living in a small apartment, its not extravagant to want to decorate it nicely – right?
And then I came across this verse in my daily Bible reading.
“Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.”
-1 Timothy 6:6-8
Ouch. That hits me right between the eyes. Not only do we have enough, we have more than enough.
There are many more verses that speak about contentment.
“Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.”
-1 Corinthians 7:17
Just because someone else is in a certain situation, or has certain financial goals, doesn’t mean that we all do. Our goal right now is saving for a house. My sister is fond of asking me, “Would you rather buy that thing right now, or have a house in a year?” Perspective.
“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Could we ask for anything else?
The dictionary describes contentment as “a state of happiness and satisfaction.” I like that. And even though I feel like I am content most of the time, I am going to strive to be content in all situations and count my blessings instead of comparing mine to others’.