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Friday, July 12, 2013

Learning To Be Content With God's Provision

In summary of 1 Timothy 6:6-7 it says, "A God-like life gives us much when we are happy for what we have. We came into this world with nothing. For sure, when we die, we will take nothing with us."

Bottom Line:
Living for God with contentment is itself considered a great value.  We entered into this world with nothing and I’ll surely not take anything physically with me when I leave.

What this means to me:

Learning to be content and satisfied with what I have is truly a great gift.  It comes from living for God’s purposes and being thankful for what I have.  Its also a great relief from the stress and worry of trying to figure out how I would get everything I desired.  In scripture God promises to meet all my needs including the financial ones.  I need to first ask him for help and second learn to be content regardless of my situation.  It’s a great reminder that I brought nothing physically into this world and when I leave I won’t take anything physically with me. What comes this way in my life are all gifts of God’s goodness. God’s word teaches and encourage me to learn to be content. This notion of being content means that my happiness is not dependent upon my circumstances. I can have a strong tendency to get caught into "when" thinking: "When I get ... When I obtain.. When this goes away... or When I become debt free ... then I'll be happy!"   The problem with “when” thinking is I’ll never get there.  There is always something else I’d want. If I can learn to be content, then I can eliminate this trap.  "Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can't take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content." (1 Timothy 6:6-8 NLT)