Contentment Proverbs 15:17

Sometimes I want more.  More… land, money, influence, security, vacation, autonomy, freedom, time, wisdom, more ox—

Sometimes this is good, oftentimes it is self-centered.  I am frustrated with work so I want more. I see incompetence so I want more.  I see opportunity so I want more. I even fool myself into thinking that if only I had ‘more’ then I would be happier and life would be better.  

The reality is that, “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory” (2 Peter 1:3)

One theologian out it this way, “Mo money, mo problems.”  One practice we would do well to embrace is contentment.  Enjoying the moments with what we have, vegetables.  Stopping to smell the flowers, pausing to let your kid stutter through his unimportant thoughts, look into the eyes of your wife instead of your social media, enjoying God’s Word more than entertainment or sleep.  

Paul said, “I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.” Philippians 4:12

Let us be content with vegetables in the moment, ox if it comes, nothing if that is what follows. Not because we are crazy, devout, sadist; but, because we trust Him and life is bigger than us.

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