But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. -1 Timothy 6:6-10
This morning I am reflecting on the above verses. Over the weekend, I found myself wanting material things and annoyed I couldn’t have some of them. Then I had a moment in tears because I live far from most of my family and sometimes wish I could be near them. I wanted to buy new things for my house and felt my heart get muddled with discontentment and impatience.
I get into that place where I want my life to be comfortable, fun, safe, and pretty. Even if I hate being there.
I have plenty of friends who have really nice houses with updated decor, get to take long vacations, or do exciting things all the time. Sometimes I just wish my life could be like theirs.
Yet, I sense over and over again how fleeting those longings truly are. I realize how temporary the excitement from a new purchase lasts. I see how quick I want more. And more.
Because money. comfort. things… never satisfy.
I posted these pictures of my daughter because I am in awe of my deep love for her, even as I write this. I am amazed at how much I love the crinkle of her nose, the light in her eye, and the way she smiles at me when she is delighted. She fills me with so much joy my heart can hardly handle it. I would do anything for that little person. Then I see my husband and how incredible he is. I see how wonderful our relationship is and how much I trust him. From there my eyes are opened to all the incredible things I DO have- good friends, generous family, amazing in-laws an hour away, a sister down the street who is my best friend- and suddenly I am overwhelmed by all that I have been blessed with!
It is amazing that God actually loves her MORE than I do. It is amazing that he created her. It is even more incredible that God loves me as much as I love her.
With this, I can be more than content. I pray I never let these things cause me to wander from my faith. My faith is more precious than billions of dollars, wardrobes of clothes, and decades of beauty. My faith is what fills my heart with contentment even in the most dreadful of circumstances. It is what gives me life.
What I must do so that I never wander from my faith is remember God and his promises. To remember God and his promises I must spend time with him in his word. Spending time with God renews my mind and gives me gratitude for all the real blessings I have in my life- thus, creating contentment in all things and circumstances. All my treasures come from the hand of God and are his- even my beautiful baby.
In this, my heart swells with thanksgiving.
What thoughts do you have on contentment?