How to Be Content with Less (Part 1)

Times are changing. When you compare life 40 years ago with today, many things are different. There are so many facilities at our disposal now. But with this material growth has come many problems. The rate of suicide is increasing, families are divided and alcoholism is spreading. God has given a lot of physical blessings, but trouble is growing at the same time.

For instance, an Indian man named Kolappan once lived from hand to mouth and stayed in a small mud hut. He longed for an easier life, saying, “I will be able to sit back and relax when all these problems are solved. I need to make some money and build a new home.” Eventually, Kolappan got the chance to move to the Middle East for a better-paying job. Within ten years he became a wealthy man. Now he had a two-story bungalow, two cars and everything else he could want in his life.

But problems arose when money started accumulating. Kolappan was restless. He couldn’t sleep peacefully for even an hour a night.

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Have you experienced this in your own life? Think about it: how can we achieve real peace?

God’s Word says, “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:7-10)

These words are true. But will anyone obey them?

In the fifth century, there was an Egyptian man who decided to live a holy life. He left all his comforts and position in society and went to the desert to live a simple life. But sometimes he would come back and roam around the streets of Alexandria.

One day somebody asked him, “Why you are roaming around? It is clear from your face that you are very happy and satisfied.”

He replied, “Dear friend, once I was a part of this life. I led a materialistic life, thinking that I could not live without all these things. But now when I walk through these streets and see everything, it reminds me of how happily I am living without it. I feel a lot of freedom and peace now.

Do you think like this? These days, people run after money at any cost. They leave their wife and children at home and live alone in the city to make more money. In some families, parents go abroad to work, leaving their children in boarding schools. What will happen to these children in the future? Why are we doing all these things? Are you trying to attain satisfaction through material growth?

This is the first of a two-part series on contentment. Read part two.

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