The more you get; the more you want. This kind of thinking leads you into debt. If you love possessions, you’ll never be happy. You’ll always want more. It’s a myth that having more will make you happier or give you more pleasure. A $400,000 house won’t make you twice as happy as a $200,000 house.
Discontent is all about comparing. The Bible says comparisons are foolish. They’ll ruin you financially. You go out and find a car you can afford and buy it. But you look over and see your neighbor’s car has something extra on it, so you go into debt to buy a car like that – all because of a comparison.
The antidote to debt-inducing comparisons is contentment. The Bible says, “Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never forsake you.’” (Hebrews 13:5 NLT)
Contentment says, “Regardless of the circumstance I’m in, with God’s power in my life, I can handle it.” It’s being happy in your relationship with Christ regardless of whether you’re rich or poor, up or down.
Contentment will lead to a better bottom line. Content people save more – and go in debt less and enjoy life more.