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Are You Content?

November 5, 2018

Does contentment have anything to do with how much money you have? John D. Rockefeller (America’s first billionaire) was once asked, “How much money is enough?” He answered, “Just a little bit more.” Learning to be content with God’s provision is part of the Christian walk.  On this MoneyWise Live, financial planner and teacher Rob West has some questions you can ask yourself to see how you’re doing: 

  • We want to be content but is there anything wrong with wanting to use our God-given skills and talents to better our circumstances for us and our families? Is that being discontent?
  • Now some questions for us:
    • Can you repent of not being content?
    • Are you prepared to pare back your lifestyle if that’s God’s will for you?
  • Turning down a promotion, for example, would not be easy for a lot of folks.  If you can't does that mean you might have a problem?
  • A lot of this has to do with greed which is a sin all by itself.
  • Finally, what if we come down on the discontented side of any of these questions?

Facebook question of the day:  What would it take for you to be content in life?

Next, Rob and Steve answer these questions at 800-525-7000 or via email at Questions@MoneyWiseLive.org:

  • Should you tithe on your deceased son's life insurance proceeds that were left to your wife to support your grandson?
  • If you husband's job is intermittent, would it be OK if he were to start Social Security early?
  • If you're 63 and thinking of getting married but do not want to go into debt and want to start some investing, where is a good place to start?   (Howard Dayton - Money Map, Money and Marriage God's Way)
  • Is there a preferred percentage of the ever-mentioned 8x savings to prepare for a new baby?
  • If you're worried about reporting tithing payments in your Supplemental Security Income assessment, what should you do?
  • If you have several directions your money seems to go each month, how do you prioritize?
  • If you son is married with 2 children, can't seem to keep a job and is currently in financial trouble, should you think about using your 401(k) to help out financially?
  • If you've lived a life of spending and haven't really started saving yet, how do you break the cycle and where do you start?
  • If you've been offered a loan of $20,000 with a reduced interest rate to pay off a credit card and car, should you go for it?

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