What do you spend your money on?

When we learn to live simply, we also learn that we have more than enough. We learn to be content and be grateful for what we have. We learn to be appreciative. We learn to work hard not because we need it, but because we want to help those who really do not have enough. We learn to share. We learn to love. We learn to trust God for our daily bread.

Since I started working, I always thought that I earned “just enough.” I always thought that my income was just enough for my daily expenses.

But for the past few months, I realized that I have always earned more than enough — even when I started with a salary of 15,500 pesos per month back in 2011.

When my wife and I got married last year and started living alone together, our salaries were not big enough to buy new gadgets, let alone buy a new house or a new car. 

But being able to go on a date once week, being able to watch a movie, being able to buy ingredients for baking, I guess our salaries were more than enough. 

As someone who used to have the latest gadgets and devices, I always thought my income was just enough. Sometimes, I even thought that it wasn’t enough.

But when I knew Jesus, when I knew about remarkable entrepreneurs earning millions every month but still using mobile phones not connected to the internet, when I learned to live simply, I realized that I’m earning more than enough.

When my wife had to stop working because of our delicate pregnancy, all the more that I realized that my simple salary was more than enough for our growing family, even with all the medicines she had to take and our almost weekly visit to the hospital. Our ordeal really taught us how to live simply.

When we learn to live simply, we also learn that we have more than enough. We learn to be content and be grateful for what we have. We learn to be appreciative. We learn to work hard not because we need it, but because we want to help those who really do not have enough. We learn to share. We learn to love. We learn to trust God for our daily bread.

I love what is written in the book of the prophet Isaiah:

“Why spend your money for what is not bread; your wages for what does not satisfy? Only listen to me, and you shall eat well, you shall delight in rich fare.” — Isaiah 55:2

Why spend your money for what is not bread?

When you can buy anything more than your daily bread, you already earn more than enough, especially compared to millions or even billions of people around the world.

If you have access to the internet and you can read this post, you already have more than enough.

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus also tells us that there is something that satisfies even more than bread:

“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.’” — John 6:35

When we seek Jesus, the bread of life, the true bread from heaven that satisfies, we will never hunger or thirst. We will always have more than enough — spiritually, financially, and in every aspect of our lives.

Sometime before or after my wife’s operation last December to increase the chances of keeping our baby, I decided to give my all to God. I even changed the focus of my blog from art and personal development to sharing my faith. Even when it was difficult, we remained faithful to tithing as well or giving ten percent of our salaries to God through our parish.

When we thought we almost lost our baby last January when blood and water came out from my wife, the more we learned to value the simple things, especially each day that our baby is still with us, more than all the material things in this world.

I also remember praying that I will seek and desire Him above my dream of becoming a full-time blogger, above being able to attain the lifestyle I want for my family, above being able to upgrade my gadgets, above being able to take my family to a dream destination, above all the riches of this world, above all the good things this world can offer.

Then, just a few months ago, a friend of mine invited me to be part of his team. And now, I’m earning more than twice my salary, allowing my wife to be a full-time mom to our baby to be when she comes out in June.

I never could have imagined earning more than twice my salary in just a few months. For me, it was a miracle. It was God’s faithfulness in action. Truly, when we seek God first with contrite hearts, without expecting anything in return, everything else will be given us besides.

God is always faithful. We just have to seek Him, the bread of life, above all.

What are you spending your money on? More importantly, what do you desire above all?

Seek God first.


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