Contentment

29 10 2009

Hey guys,

Sorry I missed the devotional last week.  I was busy getting ready for the mission trip we took down to Kentucky with the WYM Young Friends.  We had a wonderful time and while I was there I had this devotional that I wanted to share with you all this week.  I hope it challenges you.

Contentment

by Bob Crandall

What do you think of when you read the word contentment?  For me the word evokes a mental picture of a charming cottage in an idyllic mountain setting.  The back deck overlooks a clear, bubbling fishing stream.  The temperature is perfect as the sun beams down.  Nearby is a hammock between two shade trees.  Oh yes, and it is located less than twenty miles from a golf course!  I haven’t yet found such a place.  Now will I, for contentment is not a place, but a state of being.  It is rest for the soul.

The more we work at contentment in our own strength the more elusive it becomes.  We think that after we have accomplished some goal, acquire more money or things then we will be content.  But life doesn’t work that way.  Contentment come not from our wishing or willing; certainly, it comes not from our effort.  To the Greeks in the apostle Paul’s day “being content” meant a serene self-sufficiency.  But Paul’s sufficiency came from Jesus Christ and was centered on him.  No wonder he could say, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Phil. 4:13).

Contentment doesn’t just happen, it is learned.  Contentment is not the absence of conflict, but adequacy for everything in life.  The truly happy person has learned, with God’s help, to handle life rather than being handled by it.  They know to whom they belong and from whom help comes.

Read Phil. 4:10-20.

Have a wonderfully content week trusting in the One who will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus

Praying for you!

To the King!

Katy

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