346. How Much Is Enough?

“Yesterday afternoon,” Stan began, “I drove over to Grandeville to meet with a pastor to talk about how I can help with a conference he is putting together.”

“On the way over,” he continued, “I was listening to a financial news station on the radio.”

“Anything interesting?” I asked.

“Yes,” Stan replied.  “A newsperson was interviewing the CEO of a very successful start-up tech company.  The CEO is very wealthy.  Over the years, she has started and taken public several highly successful companies.  She has accumulated an amazing amount of worldly wealth.”

Continuing, he said, “At one point in the interview, the newsperson asked the CEO how much more money did she want to accumulate until she thought she had enough.”

“How did she respond to that?” I asked.

“Just a little bit more!” Stan replied.

“Interesting,” I said.  “I suppose the notion of wanting just a little bit more is pretty common in all of us.”

“It is,” Stan responded.  “And what I heard on the radio brought to mind a short story I read some time ago that deals with the same question of how much is enough.”

“Which story is that?” I asked.

“One that Leo Tolstoy wrote well over a hundred years ago.  It is called ‘How Much Land Does a Man Need?’  If you haven’t read it, I recommend it to you.  It is short and can be found online.”

Continuing, he said, “The story illustrates perfectly what happens when the greed that can motivate wanting more can be allowed to run wild.  The main character in the story wanted just a little bit more and it cost him everything.”

Switching direction a bit, Stan then said, “I pray that I will always maintain the right motivation in what I want.  I pray that the only more I want will always be more of God, more of Him in every aspect of my life.”

“How do you think you can do that?” I asked.

“By giving the Holy Spirit total freedom in directing what it is that motivates me,” was Stan’s reply. “Give Him the freedom and get myself out of His way.”


If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.  Galatians 5:25.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for all of your provision in every aspect of my life.  I confess that too often I want more of what I want apart from you.  Please forgive me.  And please lead me in only wanting more of you and what you have for me.  Lead and help me to follow.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.


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