Are You Really Content?

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out,” 1 Timothy 6 -7

Are you someone who can sit calmly by the seashore? Or are you most happy pushing others to meet your standards, counting your riches or constantly devising ways to make more money, even on vacation?

Do we as American citizens–one of the richest civilizations in the history of the world–recognize God’s blessings or do we horde our wealth by refusing to share? Or worse, not recognizing our blessings as we fight to move up the corporate leader or strive for a few more zeros on our banking account.

Lady at the Seashore
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I hope that I am the kind of guy who can relax at the seashore happy with the heat of the warm sun, the crashing waves and the body God gave me. Content. Wishing for only what has been provided to me. Not asking for an excess of material things or more than I need.

But we know that we cannot stay on the beach for ever. We all know that God has provided rest for us (Exodus 20:8), but He also directed us to work (Genesis 2:15). We must strive for the balance He outlined.

The Apostle Paul reminds us that we are to be content in whatever circumstance we find ourselves. Rich or poor, hungry or full belly whether we are beautiful or homely. He set an example for us to follow:

“…for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want.” Philippians 4:11-12

If we follow God’s direction for contentment–not that of man–we’re likely to live a better life while on earth and to enjoy eternity.

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Finding Your Way

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          “All a person’s ways seem pure to the, but motives are weight by the Lord, Proverbs 16: 2 (NIV)

I remember when I was a Boy Scout being taught how to use a compass.  We were in the middle of a grassy, open field in a large Michigan forest on a sunny summer day.  Mr. Maxwell, our Scoutmaster, held a compass with a clear plastic base on to which was attached a dial with a red magnetic needle. Orient the magnetic needle to find north.

“If you have a compass,”  I remember him saying, “you can always find north.”  Once you know north, you can find out where you outta be.”  Likewise the Bible is our moral compass.  Whether it’s deciding right or wrong in behavior, business decisions or national politics, the words of the Lord should be our guide.

What is your moral compass?  How do you decide what’s right or wrong?  Is it what your mother taught you?  Is it popular opinion?  Is it legal versus illegal?  Is it the likelihood of getting caught?

A compass can prevent you from making bad decisions, guiding the way at every crossroad in life. Like a hidden blind spot on a road, the Bible warns you about what’s around the corner.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope,” we are reminded in Jeremiah 29:11.

The Bible, as the compass, always points to the path you should take, and is a guide to the decisions we make.