Of the many lessons teachers have tried to instill into their pupils and students, I remember one vividly:

There was this classmate of mine who would always try to have a bite out of the food or snacks of others. It soon became a known issue in the class and our class teacher had to intervene. After one of the classes, he made a statement (which has stayed with me ever since) and made us repeat it after him; “Be contented with what you have.”

[And it is, indeed, a source of immense profit, for] godliness accompanied with contentment (that contentment which is a sense of inward sufficiency) is great and abundant gain.

1 Timothy 6:6 (AMP)

Apart from this instance, I was told about people who wanted things that weren’t theirs and eventually got in trouble.

A typical example is people who either begged for food and turned into inanimate objects, or who picked up random money from the floor and became ritual targets. All of these and more are tales told to teach people lessons about being satisfied with what they have.

Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,”

Hebrews 13:5 (MSG)

Now, this doesn’t justify laziness or stagnancy, neither does it mean it is bad to desire more than you have. It simply warns about the actions you take when you are yearning for more – especially when it is someone else’s property.

Once it becomes greed or an obsession, then there’s a problem. Some people are always complaining about their life situations, financial drought, social status and so many other things, but they have never given thanks for what they already have. You know what happens to people like this? They lose the things they have already!

[11] Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances.
[12] I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty.

Philippians 4:11-12 (MSG)

To think that a man in prison could still be so thankful and satisfied. How much more you who has freedom? The secret of striving in hard times or times of little is simple, stay obsessed in trusting God through all. He has the keys to the doors of your desires and will ensure you don’t lack anything good.

[4]  Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
[5]  Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.

Psalm 37:4-5 (NLT)

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