In 2008, Ian Usher made international headlines when he decided to sell his entire life on eBay following the breakdown of his marriage. For $305,000, he sold his car, his motorbike and his house with everything in it. “I have had enough of my life! I don’t want it anymore,” he wrote in the auction description.
He decided he would make a fresh start and travel the world with nothing but his passport and a bucket list of 100 goals. Four years later, he managed to tick off 93 things from his list. He ran with bulls, dived with great white sharks, learned to fly, learned French, visited Mount Everest and played a bit role in a Hollywood movie. Then with the last of his money, he bought his own Caribbean Island and settled down with his new love.
But after three years of living on the island, he still felt discontent. Hammo shared that “when we chase happiness we often flee contentment and that happens if we don’t know our purpose.”
Many of us learn that if we want to be happy we need to be continually chasing new things. But in Philippians 4:11-12, the apostle Paul made said: “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. 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.”
So if you are dreaming about the next house, the next car, the next holiday the next whatever…Maybe it’s time just to be content and appreciate what you have.
Listen to Hammo’s full message below.