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Enjoy Life More… on Less:

February 1st, 2010

I’ve been encouraging us recently to recognise that the decisions we make on a day to day basis determine where we end up in life. In the current economic climate this is of particular relevance to the decisions we make with our money. A recent study revealed that the typical person in the UK buys £1,300 on credit for every £1,000 they earn. Obviously, this causes massive stress. To quote Rick Warren (author of “The Purpose Driven Life”), “When your output exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your downfall!”

What motivates us to live beyond our means? Why do we spend ourselves into debt? Why are we rarely satisfied with what we have? There are three main myths that drive us into debt:

Myth 1: Having more things will make me more happy (see Ecclesiastes 5:11).

Myth 2: Having more things will make me more important (see Luke 12:15).

Myth 3: Having more things will make me more secure (see Proverbs 18:11).

When we buy into these myths we always overspend. Here’s how to enjoy life more… on less:

1) Find my happiness in helping others. Jesus said, “It’s more blessed to give than receive” (Acts 20:35).

2) Find my self-worth by getting to know God. We matter to God. He made us for a purpose (Ephesians 1:11). Genuine self-esteem comes from establishing a relationship with God and becoming all he meant for us to be.

3) Find my security in trusting God, not my bank balance. Real security must be found in something that can never be taken from us (Hebrews 13:5). While there are many ways to lose possessions, God promises he will take care of us if we trust him.

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