Peace comes when you are grateful for what you have. I am so thankful for my home, two reliable vehicles, good jobs, and four wonderful (and sometimes infuriating) pups. But to be honest there are days when I am ungrateful because of the amount of work that goes into keeping up with everything. Why do I think I am entitled to a wonderful home with no strings attached, no work to be done or appliances to be repaired? I have more than most people dream about, yet I still have days that I want to throw in the towel. Seriously. How ridiculous is that? That’s why I know without a shadow of a doubt that peace and contentment do not come from having bigger and better things.
Be grateful for what you do have. Don’t look at the rich neighbor and compare your life to theirs. Their life may appear pretty and put together from the outside, but you don’t know what goes on inside. Maybe they made some sacrifices in order to make their life appear wonderful and maybe they are still regretting some of those sacrifices. Sacrifices that they shouldn’t have made in the pursuit of more.
Greed will never be stifled with more money. If you are not happy with what you have now, you won’t be happy with more. Why do we ask God to “bless” us with more stuff when we aren’t happy with the stuff he’s already blessed us with? That hunger for more money and more stuff doesn’t stop once you get what you wanted, it stops when you die or when you decide that the pursuit of stuff is not going to control you or dictate your life. Be grateful. And not in the American “let’s have Thanksgiving meal together and then go out and shove people around for more stuff” way.
Be grateful and generous with God’s resources. God didn’t “bless” you with stuff so that you would have more stuff. He trusts us with His resources in order for us to execute His will and His good works.