Contentment

 A Place of Peace and Safety.

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. "Trinity Bay and Heart's Content, Newfoundland, the locality where the western end of the Atlantic Cable was to have been laid" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 14, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-27f9-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Trinity Bay and Heart’s Content, Newfoundland, the locality where the western end of the Atlantic Cable was to have been laid” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 14, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-27f9-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Contentment is not easy to achieve and it can easily be misconstrued.

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This Way – image from pixabay.com

Contentment may almost seem un-american; not striving for more is not good for business it would seem.  Here in The United States of America we are bombarded with commercials everywhere telling us we need this or that.  Do we?  Of course not.  We may want it or even crave it but when we really get down to the facts we probably admit we can live without whatever it is.

Luke 12:15 ESV

And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

So, having all our genuine needs met, serving others, in good health and safe is really having it all.  Not that a big house, fancy car, latest electronic device or traveling to interesting or even luxurious places is wrong intrinsically:  it becomes a problem when the quest for all of these dominates our life, perhaps becoming our god and religion.

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Meerkat Rest – image from pixabay.com
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Dog Nap – image from pixabay.com

What does GOD’s Word Say about this?

The Apostle Paul said he was content even in prison.

Philippians 4:11 ESV

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

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Even in Prison – image from pixabay.com

Some people never have enough.

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Never Enough – image from pixabay.com

Some people are content with very little.

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I’m OK – image from pixabay.com

 

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I Don’t Need Much – image from pixabay.com
Here are some excerpts from Holy Scripture that illustrate it:
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Sheep are Content – image from pixabay.com

1 Timothy 6:6-8 ESV 

Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.

Hebrews 13:5 ESV

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Matthew 6:33 ESV 

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

AMEN

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James Halifko

Author: James Halifko

I am a Baby Boomer with a lot of life's experience to guide me and share with people.

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