I know it’s popular in our culture to “go for it” and “hustle” and “chase your dreams” but sometimes the chase becomes all-consuming. There’s nothing wrong with seeking a better life, a better job, or a better world. There is something wrong when seeking becomes an obsession, and end in and unto itself, and anything short of going and hustling and chasing 110% all the time, every day is seen as a waste and a failure.
Everybody says that being the best is best, that having lots of money and success is best, and that having lots of dreams fulfilled is best. But why? A walk through the average cemetery will show you how much those dreams are worth to dead people.
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
– 1 Timothy 6:6-7 (NIV)
So my suggestion is this: Know why you are doing what you’re doing, and make it a good reason, something worthwhile. Work at it faithfully. Overcome obstacles. Rejoice in the little victories.
But don’t be so wrapped up in it that anything short of world/career/whatever dominance is considered failure. Enjoy the journey! Celebrate each step. Be happy where you are while you’re looking forward to what you hope will come. Don’t miss the flowers along the path because your eyes are always fixed on the horizon.
Don’t be upset if you suffer a setback. Do your best to catch up, or if you can’t, just pick up from where you are and carry on.
Don’t be upset if you’re working on the $2 savings column on the 52 Week Savings Challenge Chart instead of the $10 column. Do what you can now, celebrate the milestones, and make plans for what you’d like to do in the future as you have the opportunity.
Don’t be upset if others imply (or tell you outright) that you’re not saving/sharing/doing enough. Consider wise counsel, pray faithfully, seek God’s will, and follow where He leads, even if others don’t get it.
And certainly don’t be upset if you aren’t “going above and beyond” with the 52 Week Savings Challenge. Stay the course and you’ll reach the destination. Nobody is handing out prizes if you finish faster, save more, or do it with more style. Just hang in there, week by week, and you’ll reach the goal.
If you have a little extra cash one week after paying your bills and meeting your savings goal, it’s okay to do something fun.
If you have zero extra anything, it’s okay to be grateful for and content with whatever you do have while you plan for something better.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
– Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)
written by the Apostle Paul while he was in prison
How do you remind yourself to be content?
This is the part where I remind you that I’m not a financial advisor, just a mom who is sharing her experience in the spirit of having a chat with a friend over a cup of coffee. If you require financial or investment advice, please seek the counsel of a professional advisor.
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Update: This post was shared at The Art of Home-Making Mondays #142.