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Why do we always want more?
Let’s consider some talking points and potential perspectives on the “myth of more” to explore with family, friends and colleagues. While we may not have the answer to everything, there are some Christian responses to consider.
We can never finish earning money or wanting more money. In fact, we always want what others have, especially being exposed to the world of social media and influencers.
We are constantly bombarded with advertisements and marketing campaigns that entice us to buy more than our necessities. Things and experiences are positioned in such a way that these WANTS are turned into NEEDS.
Not only money, but in life, we seem to need a lot more. We need more time, more praise, more acknowledgement, more respect from others, more experiences, a more supportive and loving family, more friends… and so much more.
What do we actually need in life?
How much more do we need to satisfy ourselves? What’s next after that… and next?
What are the deeper needs, ie. a sense of belonging and identity, which we are craving for and is that why we keep wanting more?
If God has created us in His image, is our current self what God has made us to be?
We are to be grateful and satisfied with whatever increase the Lord gives. If we have the Lord in our life, we need nothing more.
Count your blessings, for to be rich in God is better than to be rich in other things in life.
One perspective is to observe all three rules laid down by renowned theologian and evangelist John Wesley: "Gain all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can.”
Philippians 4:11-13. “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.”
1 Timothy 6:6-8. “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”