Are You Content?
Are you content? I went to the book store the other day and found a table of contents and bought some of them…Ok, that was a pretty bad pun. How can it be that the richest culture on the face of the earth struggles so much with contentment? In 1 Timothy 6 Paul talks about the idea of contentment. Here is what he says: 6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Paul speaks of being content with food and clothing. I think everyone reading this post has those two pretty well taken care of but are you content? Paul seems to contrast those who are content with “those who desire to be rich”…who fall into a temptation and a snare. Contentment is something that seems elusive but could it be because instead of attempting to find contentment we are trying to find something far greater. I read an online article which said that older people are more content than younger people. That makes sense doesn’t it? It makes sense that older people have given up a desire to be rich; or at least have lost the energy and/or opportunity to purse wealth, and therefore are more content. The idea of contentment here seems to be linked to a right perspective of the things on this earth. “We brought nothing into this world and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” Therefore, why spend a lot of time trying to “feather the nest” of this life when we are just “passing through”?
Would you be willing to spend 15 minutes of alone time with God today, without your smartphone and computer and ask God to help you understand your level of contentment…and what changes in attitudes or actions He might suggest to increase your level of contentment?