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 - Philippians 4:11-13
Once an American company built a plant in Central America because of the plentiful and inexpensive labor. Everything went well. They built the plant and hired excellent employees at a cheap rate. Then, they had their first payday and everyone was very happy.
A strange thing happened the rest of that week - nobody showed up for work! Management was bewildered and went to the village leader for an explanation. The leader explained, "Well, now we've got all we need. Why should we come back to work?"
So, management devised a powerful game plan. They sent each employee a four-color mail order catalog, and all the workers immediately showed back up for work.
We can certainly understand this mindset in American culture. According to statistics, "Banks and retailers know that putting a credit card in a potential user's hand will lead that person to spend 34 per cent more than if they paid cash."
It certainly says a lot about learning to live within our means. The key to learning this is to be happy with what we have and not purchasing what you can't afford! America has been learning this the hard way and looking at countries like India where we never knew about credit cards.
Let's reach out to Jesus to enlighten us about our needs versus wants. He certainly knows what we need and what we want.
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