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Satisfaction and the Space Between Expectations

“We become satisfied when reality matches our expectations. The bad news is that as conditions improve, expectations balloon” (Yuval Harari, Homo Deus, 35).

When will you ever accept yourself? color with gladness within the lines of your budget? be at home in your dwelling?

I ask myself these things.

“But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs” (1 Timothy 6: 8-10 ESV).

“The journey to financial well-being is not a steep climb up a debt-free mountain, but a deep breath by still waters in the Valley of Now.”

Awareness, not amounts, is the basis for contentment.

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Tommy Brown

Tommy Brown is a writer, speaker, and develops strategies that support financial development. He and his wife Elizabeth live in Winston-Salem, NC along with their children Seri and Seth. He served in leadership at two churches as an ordained minister from 2001-2014, leading congregations into financial wellbeing and a holistic approach to integrating faith and finances. Tommy has a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry and Masters degrees in Divinity and Management. His entrepreneurial endeavors over the years have extended into real estate development and church consulting on stewardship matters. Now, Thomas works alongside an award-winning team of storytellers at Wake Forest University, performing strategic planning and project development for initiatives that fund the university¹s $1,000,000,000 capital campaign. Thomas was instrumental in forming Wake Forest University's financial wellbeing initiative. He has a heart for seeing churches, students, and people of faith form connections between faith and finances.

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