Susan C. Anthony

How Much Is Enough?

The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. (1 Timothy 6:10)

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (Philippians 4:12)

The following information is from Randy Alcorn's book, Money, Possessions and Eternity.

And so it is that when a man walks along a road, the lighter he travels, the happier he is; equally, on this journey of life, a man is more blessed if he does not pant beneath a burden of riches.

Let temporal things serve your use, but the eternal be the object of your desire.
—Thomas a Kempis

Can a man be poor if he is free from want, if he does not covet the belongings of others, if he is rich in the possession of God? Rather, he is poor who possesses much but still craves for more.

So what's all that stuff beyond enough? Clutter, that's what! Clutter is anything that is excess—for you. It's whatever you have that doesn't serve you, yet takes up space in your world. To let go of clutter, then, is not deprivation, it's lightening up and opening up space for something new to happen. As self-evident as these ideas may be, many people experience a subtle (or not so subtle) resistance to letting them in. That is why downscaling, frugality and thrift sound like deprivation, lack and need. On the contrary! Enough is a wide and stable plateau. It is a place of alertness, creativity and freedom. From this place, being suffocated under a mountain of clutter that must be stored, cleaned, moved, gotten rid of and paid for on time is a fate worse than debt.
—From Your Money or Your Life

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Source:, ©Susan C. Anthony