contentment

Contentment can be an elusive pursuit. We go after what we think will make us happy only to find that it didn’t work; in fact, we were happier before we started the quest. It’s like the story of two teardrops floating down the river of life. One teardrop said to the other, “Who are you?” “I’m a teardrop from a girl who loved a man and lost him. Who are you?” “I’m a teardrop from the girl who got him.”

The Bible has a great deal to say about contentment—being satisfied with what we have, who we are, and where we’re going. Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25).

Have you ever noticed how much of our life in Christ is a balancing act? God wants us to be self-confident and yet humble; self-reliant and yet dependent on him; working and building for the long-term future and yet ready to die this evening.

God wants us to work hard, be ambitious, and not to settle for second-rate. But he also says this (through the apostle Paul): “We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that” (1 Timothy 6:7,8).

Is there a spirit of contentment in your heart? God’s stars take inventory of their lives and feel rich. Gods stars don’t waste time comparing themselves with others or imagining that their lives are supposed to be trouble-free. God’s stars pay attention to their blessings and count them. God’s stars humbly expect only the basics in life and are surprised and grateful to receive so many treats.

1 Timothy 6:7-8

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

 

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