Contentment

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever – Hebrews 13:8

The most challenging word in this teaching is, “Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have…” We live in a culture where everything is a commodity to be sold and consumed. We may say we don’t love money, but we sure love what it buys. When terror attacks happen, we are encouraged to fight back with our credit cards.

Contentment is dismissed in our age because it supposedly saps our ambition and stalls the economy. Discontent drives industry and capitalism. The problem is that we are consuming the resources earth provides faster than they can be replenished. Our lack of contentment and misguided love of money as a means of being happy is killing the planet and humanity in the process.

Contentment is not found in what spoils, rots, or rusts. It is found in what we already have and what is always with us. After the call to contentment, Jesus speaks: “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Instead of a new dryer, we’re told, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” What more do we need?

For the sake of Jesus, drive out my discontent and fill me with the abundance of your grace. Amen.

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Being a Christian…

“To be a Christian is to live dangerously, honestly, freely – to step in the name of love as if you may land on nothing, yet to keep on stepping because the something that sustains you no empire can give you and no empire can take away.” ― Cornel West

What We’ve Forgotten

“We’ve forgotten that a rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it. We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people.” – Cornel West