Covetousness is prevalent in our society, and contentment is rare nowadays. According to Oxforddictionaries.com, the word ‘covetousness’ means ‘having or showing a great desire to possess something belonging to some else: is to want something that someone else have.’ In other words, it can also mean greedy for wealth and material gains. If you look around, you can easily spot people who have this insatiable appetite for getting one material thing after another. One moment, he/she is talking about buying a new branded hand bag, another moment is about a Rolex watch with diamond in it, and follow by a new car, a bigger house and the list go on and on. Does it sound familiar to you?
Are you in favor of contentment? If you are, take a look at the following three choices that lead to true lasting contentment.
1. DECIDE TO SEEK FOR CONTENTMENT AS A LIFESTYLE. You must want to be contented. Acknowledge that you would not be happier if you had more. Having less possession is going to make your journey on earth light! Imagine you have loads of debts that take you years to clear! It is going to be devastating. I read and remembered a quote that said: ‘Non-possession is not possess nothing, but possess what you need.’
The bible said, ‘But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction” (1 Timothy 6:9, ESV). Do you think having more possession equate to contentment? To resist the temptation to yield to your craving, you start by saying: “I don’t need to have it,” “I have enough,” “There is no place to store it,”It is a waste of money.” Whenever you receive your pay check or your yearly bonus from your employer, remind yourself to say out those words and resist the temptation to spend it.
2. CHOOSE YOUR LIFESTYLE. The bible said: “….If riches increase, do not set your heart on them. (Psalms 62:10). Choose a lifestyle which you are comfortable in, and do not compromise that with more spending as your income level rises. Do not allow the society to ‘dictate’ the kind of lifestyle to adopt. The bible said: ‘Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2) If you don’t choose a contented lifestyle, than you will be easily succumb to the influence of the society; and you will live beyond your means. Indirectly, the society chooses the lifestyle for you without your awareness. It will influence your choices on which kind of houses you ‘should’ stay, which model car you ‘should’ drive, which branded watch you ‘should’ wear and how much money you ‘should’ have before it is deemed to be ‘wealthy’.
3. FOCUS ON RELATIONSHIP, HEALTH AND PEACE OF MIND. According to http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engel’s%20law, Engel’s law is ‘a generalization in economics: such as family income increases, the percentage spent for food decreases, that spent for clothing, rent, heat, and light remains the same, while that spent for education, health, and recreation increases.’ Many people fall into this category and become obsess with gaining wealth and material possession as their income level increases. They lose focus on relationship, health and peace; which are of utmost important in lives when they are blinded by covetousness. Let enough be enough and avoid getting your love ones and yourself hurt. Learn the truth about contentment and enjoy life.