Contentment isn’t something we’re born with. In fact, we’re born with the desire for more…more food, more stuff, more of whatever makes me happy…that craving for more is actually an inner craving for more about the Who and not about the what. And so we must learn to seek contentment, to seek the Who of the craving rather than the abundance of having more. Now don’t get me wrong, having “stuff” isn’t wrong unless we desire it more than we desire God Himself.
I love my collection of books and teacups, and my home. But lately I’ve been looking around and asking myself, what would be my bear necessities? What could I subtract from my life and still be content. I entered this world empty-handed; and I’ll leave the same way. I don’t plan on getting rid of everything while I’m alive barring a catastrophic storm. I want to enjoy those things that bring me pleasure, but not at the expense of being controlled by them. And so I've asked myself:
If I strip life down to only the essentials, simplify my lifestyle;
something to eat, something to wear, and a roof over my head, could I be content? WOULD I be content?
The only lasting satisfaction is being content with God alone.
I’m thankful for my family. I'm thankful He has chosen to supply me with things to enjoy. I’m content. But should I ever lose a part of my heart or have to pare down and live with less, I pray I will remember this conversation I’m having with myself and anyone reading this. My life is blessed not because of things. My life is blessed because I know the Giver, and that possession, that Gift, can never be taken from me.
Verses to Ponder:
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Have you taken inventory of your life lately?
What are your essentials and non-essentials?
What could life be stripped down to and you'd still be able to say,
Blessed be Your name.