Enough Already

moneyA businessman bought popcorn from an old street vendor each day after lunch.  He once arrived to find the peddler closing up his stand at noon.  “Is something wrong?” he asked.

A smile wrinkled the seller’s leathery face.  “By no means.  All is well.”

“Then why are you closing your popcorn stand?”

“So I can go to my house, sit on my porch, and sip tea with my wife.”

The man of commerce objected.  “But the day is still young.  You can still sell.”

“No need to,” the stand owner replied.  “I’ve made enough money for today.”

“Enough?  Absurd.  You should keep working.”

The spry old man stopped and stared at his well-dressed visitor.  “And why should I keep working?”

“To sell more popcorn.”

“And why sell more popcorn?”

“Because the more popcorn you sell, the more money you make.  The more money you make, the richer you are.  The richer you are, the more popcorn stands you can buy.  The more popcorn stands you buy, the more peddlers sell your product, the richer you become.  And when you have enough, you can stop working, sell your popcorn stands, stay home and sit on the porch with your wife and drink tea.”

The popcorn man smiled.  “I can do that today.  I guess I have enough.”

(Excerpt from “Cure For the Common Life” by Max Lucado)

This story is a wonderful illustration of where our hearts and thoughts are in regards to contentment in life.  And while this story highlights the desire of many to gain more wealth, greed for more can also be the lust for more power, status, or approval.  But where do we draw the line?  If we take the words Jesus seriously, then we would be wise to guard our hearts against greed of any kind.

“Watch out!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed, life does not consist in an abundance of possessions” (Luke 12:15).  To Jesus, it really all boils down to trust.  Do we trust God to be content with just enough and know that he will meet our needs?  Do we love Jesus more than we love things?  If not, we’ll never be satisfied.  “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income” (Ecclesiastes 5:10).

Like Paul in the book of Philippians, we must practice contentment (Phil. 4:11).  Along with godliness, a contented life will keep us safe from the destruction that awaits when we chase down possessions and comfort.  Enough already!!! Let’s decide to put of our trust in God.  He will always be enough!

-Joe

 

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