Daily Devotional: November 1

Live Beneath Your Means:

How can I give you more if you aren’t satisfied with what you already have? The secret to happiness is to always be thankful where you are right now. True freedom is the ability to live with as little as possible and not allow things to rob you of time to experience the fullness of life.

Being satisfied is not about material abundance; it’s the little things that make for a big life. Live beneath your means and keep a light touch on the things of this world.

If money or possessions increase, if you get a better job, if you have a bigger home someday, don’t let your concern for these future things deprive you of your present joy.

Learn to work hard and save a little. Live within your means and be happy right now. If you do, your existence will take on new meaning. Your life does not consist of the things you have but in appreciation of the time you’ve been given. There is far more joy in the simple pleasures of life than in all the complexities of working for material possessions that will not last.

Real life is about spending time with people, a job well done, giving to others, and being kind and considerate to everyone regardless of how they treat you. Living a pure life will give you far more satisfaction than following every trending new thing this world offers.

At the end of your life, you will measure the success of your days by how much better you made the lives of other people and not your own.

Yet 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. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. ~1 Timothy 6:6-10 (NLT)

Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear.”  ~Hebrews 13:5-6 (NLT)

Jesus, I live in a world that is filled with so many attractions. There are an endless number of things to buy, places to go, and things to do. Teach me to live beneath my income and to never get myself into debt or the stress that comes along with it.

I have already learned that gaining things does not really make me happy. It is my relationship with people I love and giving of myself to help make someone’s life better that gives me the most satisfaction.

Keep me, Lord, from this world and save me for Yourself. I know that when I leave here, all my hopes and dreams will come true. Until then, help me be satisfied with whatever You give me.

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