For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:8-10
Paul’s closing thoughts to Timothy include some observations about contentment. I am not sure if Paul is giving Timothy a warning for his own life or for those with whom he will pastor. Either way, its a great admonition to be content and avoid the temptation that accompany the desire to get rich. In the end, many
‘wander from the faith and pierce themselves with grief’.
How’s my contentment factor? Am I happy with food and shelter? Or do I constantly desire more.
God, as I survey the many riches in my life, I am grateful and content. I do desire to give my wife wonderful gifts and opportunities to gather the family for rest and vacation. As You lead and guide and provide. Thank you Lord for focusing me on what matters most. Would you continue to work mightily this week in me and through me… even as You are. Help me move some projects forward today. And may the weddings coming up that I am officiating be precious experiences of love for the couples.