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You may have seen the quote by Amer­i­can syn­di­cated hu­morist Art Buch­wald, “The best things

1 in life aren’t things.” It has a way of pop­ping up in my mind when­ever I’m about to buy a new gadget that I’ve seen ad­ver­tised or ex­change a house­hold ap­pli­ance for the lat­est model. Some­times I give in any­way, but at least this say­ing usu­ally helps me give the pur­chase some ex­tra thought and con­sid­er­a­tion.

It’s not easy to lead a sim­ple life in the com­pli­cated 21st cen­tury. So many ad­ver­tise­ments call out to take ad­van­tage of this deal or that “once-in-a-life­time of­fer,” and the pace of in­no­va­tion means what you buy today is out­dated be­fore you know it—and of­ten be­fore you can ac­tu­ally af­ford to re­place it. But stuff­ing our lives with things won’t bring sat­is­fac­tion. “Life is not mea­sured by how much you own,” said a Mas­ter of one-lin­ers two mil­len­nia ago.

2 In the end, hap­pi­ness of­ten comes from the sim­ple plea­sures that can be drowned out when we are pre­oc­cu­pied with the su­per­flu­ous, or that we pass up on as we race to ac­quire more. A key to liv­ing a hap­pier life is to learn to be con­tent with what we have, giv­ing thanks to God and us­ing His bless­ings wisely.


Sa­muel Keating Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­i­tor

P.S.: In ad­di­tion to the per­sonal sto­ries by the var­i­ous con­trib­u­tors this month, I hope you’ll find the in-depth ar­ti­cle on Chris­tian money man­age­ment on pp. 4–7 es­pe­cially in­for­ma­tive and help­ful.

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