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Don't go chasing rainbows

Well, religion does make a person very rich, if he is satisfied with what he has. What did we bring into the world? Nothing! What can we take out of the world? Nothing! So then, if we have food and clothes, that should be enough for us.

1 Timothy 6 : 6 - 8 (GNB)

Today we are not only looking for wealth but contentment. Despite popular opinion these two things quite often do not go together.

Many people think that having more money, more fame and more power will make them happier. They delude themselves into thinking "when I get this much (money, fame, stuff etc.), that is all I will want and I will be happy".

Unfortunately as many of us know, this isn't the way that life usually pans out in reality. Once we reach our goals we quite often want even more and still are not satisfied. This results in an endless pursuit of more.

Wanting nice things for yourself and your family isn't in itself a bad thing. Neither is ambition or drive. God wants you to be happy and to prosper you. As Jesus says in Jeremiah 29 verse 11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" (NIV UK).

However we need to be careful that we do not overlook the things we have and be thankful for them. God has given us loads of great stuff already for us to enjoy and he will continue to do so in the future.

Whether you have a lot or a little, be satisfied and thankful for what you have. You are alive, you have food to eat, clothes on your back, freedom and people around you who care for you. These are some of the most valuable commodities you can own. Knowing this you can feel richer than millionaires who just want more.

Have a great week, and make sure you don’t miss out on what you have by chasing after more.

This weeks song is Sing and Shout by Matt Redman.

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