July 17 Pearl

July 17

True Godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 1 Timothy 6:7

This verse produces within me a deep sigh of relief. Contentment with whatever our circumstances may be in the moment is a true gift. If I can be happy with little or with a lot or anything in between this produces peace.

Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil. Proverbs 15:16. How many times do we become more stressed when we have more money which leads to more belongings and more stress.

I have noticed that making more money changes only one thing: we spend more. We own more stuff. So when we move, we move more stuff. Money can help a lot of people and it can hurt some if used in the wrong way.

I heard a story today of a daughter searching for enough money to bury her father. She is paying for her dad to be buried and may be evicted from her apartment while the rest of the family is taking dad’s belongings before he is even in the ground.

This scenario makes me sad. Money in the right hands is a good thing. Contentment with whatever your financial situation is in this moment is a gift from The Holy Spirit.

My Pearl today is the joy of being content with exactly what the Lord has given us.

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