Being Rich

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There are two ways of being rich—have a lot, or want very little. The latter way is the easier for most of us. Many people make themselves miserable by wanting more than they can ever have. They suffer from “thing-itis,” the insatiable desire for more, better, and newer things. Jesus was the most satisfied man that ever lived, and He had less than most of us. “The foxes have their holes, and the birds their nests, but the Son of man has no place to lay His head.” He had learned the secret of adjusting His wants to His needs.

E. Stanley Jones tells about a poor man who had an overnight guest, and as he showed him to his humble bedroom in the hayloft, he said, “If there is anything you want, let us know, and we’ll come and show you how to get along without it.” We don’t need to learn how to get more, but how to get along with what we’ve got, and get on with the business of living.

Does the Bible say money is evil? Read Billy Graham’s response.

Prayer for the day

Father, You have given me so much more than I deserve. May I always show a grateful and contented heart.

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  1. Madhan Sharma says:

    Articles publish in your ministries are really helpful and inspiring, expect same type of sermons in the days to come, to help the new converts and backsliders.

  2. Khamisi says:

    My father will say these are strong and heavy words. Indeed powerful.

  3. Dr David M Ward says:

    Giving money never solved problems. Teach people to be satisfied with what they own. My grandma taught me this lesson.

  4. BETTY says:

    I am guilty of sometimes wanting more but I am always blessed with having what I need. I have been blessed by my heavenly father. I also pray for his forgiveness when I fail, get weak and the devil starts working to make me want things I really do not need. These are some of the times I have to tell Satan, get behind and away from me.

  5. Sharman Leedom says:

    Thank you for your Billy Graham Christian Living posts on Facebook. I would love to be included with more sent to my inbox. Thank you for all you are doing. A truly wonderful organization.

  6. Gerry says:

    By North American standards I would not be considered a rich man. However, I am an extraordinarily blessed man. God has generously supplied all my needs and more. Though I have creature comforts which I appreciate, I hold them very loosely. For a day will come when these creature comforts will remain here and I will go in the presence of God Almighty for eternity. Thank you Heavenly Father for all your blessings both big and small.

  7. Joyce Paul says:

    Lord God, You are The Source of all that we have. May we share what we receive, that You may be Glorified. Glory to God! Amen.

  8. Joanne says:

    Adopted this “do without” philosophy some years ago. Really learned it from my mother-in-law and she learned it from the Great Depression. Really that whole generation learned it from that depression of the 1930’s. It is so liberating to not care or want ‘stuff’. Trying to impart this now to my children.