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Contentment Is Contagious!

"Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, 'I will never leave you or forsake you.'"

(Hebrews 13:5)

When parents trust in a loving, giving God, that trust shows — especially in tough financial times. Let's set a good example for our children by being "content," regardless of our bank balance. When your family has more "month than money," try these contentment-garnering activities. Instead of window-shopping at the mall, clean out your closets and toy chests. You'll be reminded of just how God has blessed you, and you can donate outgrown clothing and toys to charity. If money is really tight, have a yard sale; but remember to tithe the profits.

If you decide to cut up your credit cards, do so in the presence of your children, and explain why you are doing it in simple language. Let them know that it is important to take control of expenses instead of being controlled by expenses.

Instead of going to the theater, pop some popcorn and watch home movies in your living room. Children love watching themselves on tape, and this trip down memory lane is another blessing reminder. If movies are not available, thumb through photo albums. The pictures will stir questions from the children about events in the past. It is a time when you can tell the important family stories because the children ask to hear them.

Forgo dining at a restaurant, and have a picnic at the park. The fresh air and natural surroundings will be another blessing reminder. Be creative and include your entire family in planning activities to draw you closer together as a family and closer to God.

Questions for Discussion

  • Do we need money to have fun?
  • What is contentment?
  • What family activities cost little or nothing, but are really great?
  • If God is always with us, do we ever really need to worry about money?

Linda Holland is from Helena, Alabama.

Originally posted in 2003.

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