Although our spending has continued to rise, life satisfaction has actually stayed the same.
Reference: “To you, Lord, I call; you are my Rock, do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who go down to the pit.” Psalm 28:1 NIV
Explore: Baptist World Aid Australia looked at some research that had been conducted over the last few decades.
When analysing the spending habits of Australians it was concluded we are now spending three times more money than we did in the 1960s.
Considering this increase in our spending, you would expect we are gaining so much more in our lives with all the additional consumption.
A research unit at Deakin Uni, however, looked at the Life Satisfaction of people over the last decade. Although our spending has continued to rise, the satisfaction people have in their lives has actually stayed the same.
So, while we are spending three times more money, we are no more satisfied.
Application: This goes against our cultural beliefs. Our consumeristic culture encourages us to buy more, shop more, consume more, have more. It tells us this will make us happy.
The research mentioned above, however, shows this does not in fact make us happier. God tells us this doesn’t make us happier too.
The psalmist knew that our happiness and fulfilment didn’t come from things, but could only come from God alone. That is why he called out to God in times of trouble.
When we need help or reassurance or love or peace or anything more in our lives, don’t go looking in the shops or at our current culture for fulfilment. It is God who gives us all we need. Call out to Him at all times.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for always being there. You desire the best for us, and that is when we follow in Your footsteps. May we stick with You through the valleys and the mountain top experiences. Amen.
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.