Monday, July 21, 2014

The Key to Contentment

By Allen White

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. Philippians 4:11

Children always seem to want more. It doesn’t matter how many toys they already have, if there is a new toy out there, they’ve got to have it or they are missing out on the fun.

I have a friend who recorded classic Christmas shows for his children. The shows were recorded from regular television, so they included the commercials. After watching the shows, his children began to ask for the toys in the commercials. The problem was that the recording was about 10 years old, and those toys weren’t available any more. The commercials created a need for something that you couldn’t buy.

Now, this isn’t just true for children. All of us want more or at least a new and improved version. Why? We want more because possessions do not satisfy us. If we could be satisfied by things, then we should be more than content by now. Just look at our garages.

Contentment becomes much easier when we want what we have. If we need perspective, then we need to spend some time with the less fortunate across town or on a mission trip around the world. That perspective should move us toward contentment.

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