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
Paul reminds Timothy of the value and power of contentment. Contentment feeds the soul, but a constant longing for what we don’t have or want, ultimately destroys our soul. It becomes a subtle greed driving our lives and can wreck our faith and introduce many unforeseen problems.
How free from greed is my life? Am I at the core, content? How pliable am I… if my expectations are unmet and I willing to adjust the expectations and be content, or do I grieve and pout and plot to get what I want?
Lord, I feel like I am fairly content. I have my moments of frustration and let down. Please help me focus on becoming godly and trusting you with the rest. Today is a big day, its a Sunday, so please give me favor and direct me to anyone I could encourage in their faith. I am remembering right now as I pray that Jesus said “the foxes have holes, the birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head”. Jesus, again you are my model in all things… content!