How Much is Enough?

By: Jill Briscoe

One of the things we worry about more than any other is our money – especially if we are the bread winner.  It may be we aren’t greedy and want to be a spendthrift, but we struggle to make ends meet.  Or, it could be that however much money we have, it’s never quite enough.  Listen to the Teacher.  “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income” (Eccl. 5:10).

So we worry we will never earn enough money to fulfill our dreams or our children’s dreams.  Then we begin to fear what will happen if we die and the kids don’t get the money we have worked so hard to bless them with.  Perhaps our spouse will remarry and then everything we worked so hard for will go to a stranger’s family instead of our own.  The Teacher comments on this fear.  “God gives a man wealth, possessions and honor, so that he lacks nothing his heart desires, but God does not enable him to enjoy them, and a stranger enjoys them instead.  This is meaningless, a grievous evil” (Eccl. 6:2).  If a man or woman can work hard, receive a wage, and do his best in life providing the best he can and trusting God for the future, then he can find peace of mind and not be driven by anxiety.

So are you satisfied with life?  Do you buy into a sex-saturated, pleasure-crazy society that tells you this is where happiness is to be found?  Did you try it all and come up empty?  You are not alone!  When you are ready to come to the only One who can give you a cup of cold water for your parched life, God is waiting for you in the shadows of your fruitless search.

Jill Briscoe is the Founder and Executive Editor of Just Between Us magazine.