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6. Be Content

 

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Php 4:11-13)

 
 
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Give me neither poverty nor riches -
Feed me with the food allotted to me;
Lest I be full and deny You,
And say, "Who is the Lord?"
Or lest I be poor and steal,
And profane the name of my God.
                      (Proverbs 30:8-9)

 

I Will Learn to Be Content 

I will be confident in God's care and wisdom.

I will understand and remember my purpose on this earth.

I will be independent from circumstances.

I will recognize even the smallest blessing that comes into my life.

I will be grateful to God and to others.

I will learn to let go of things - I will make myself give when it hurts until I give without pain. 

I will compare every loss to what Christ gave up for me.

I will acknowledge my gains are gifts from God, not rewards from Him, and out of gratitude, I will share. 

I will seek those things above and get my priorities right.

I will allow my spirit to rule over my flesh. 

I will not allow situations to guide my thinking. 

I will understand my "thorns" are messengers of Satan and I will be content with God's grace. 

I will pray for the strength found in Christ when I'm tempted with discontentment.

I will keep Christ in my mind throughout the day and find strength in Him to endure my abasement and to be humble when I abound. 

 
In order to be content, we must learn gratitude and train ourselves to
recognize blessings and express thanksgiving.

 
 
The Importance of Gratitude 
 
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
(Philippians 4:6)

Choose to Be Grateful 

Make a conscious effort to become a thankful soul. 

Pray with thanksgiving. Thank God for the blessings of the day - be specific. 

Don't forget small things. Observe the tiniest of creation. See those little acts of kindness that so often go unnoticed. 

Be aware. Begin a daily list of blessings or put up a chalkboard and write down a daily blessing.

Walking out the door and see a blue sky? Silently, thank God. Did you see rain drops glistening on grass as you rushed to your destination? Silently, thank God.

Did someone do something nice? Tell them you appreciate what they did. Learn to verbalize thanksgiving. Thank God for that act of kindness. 

Are you constantly thinking about something you wish you had but can't obtain, or shouldn't obtain? Direct your thinking to what you have and be thankful. Learn to be content. 

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Give us day by day our daily bread. Luke 11:3 
 
  • Asking for "daily" bread teaches us to recognize all we have comes from the Lord. In times of abundance we may forget that.
  • Asking for "daily" bread teaches us contentment and to desire what we need to get through the day, rather than storing up abundance.
  • Asking for "daily" bread teaches us to share if we go beyond our daily need. 

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Be content when you abound! 
 
When we abound we can be tempted with living for this world, wanting more, not wanting to share, not setting priorties right, ingratitude, and pride. Give God the the glory and be thankful. 
  

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. (1Ti 6:3-11)

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CONTENTMENT
by Eugene Field 
 
Once on a time an old red hen
    Went strutting 'round with pompous clucks,
    For she had little babies ten,
    A part of which were tiny ducks.
    "'Tis very rare that hens," said she,
    "Have baby ducks as well as chicks--
    But I possess, as you can see,
    Of chickens four and ducklings six!"

    A season later, this old hen
    Appeared, still cackling of her luck,
    For, though she boasted babies ten,
    Not one among them was a duck!
    "'Tis well," she murmured, brooding o'er
    The little chicks of fleecy down--
    "My babies now will stay ashore,
    And, consequently, cannot drown!"

    The following spring the old red hen
    Clucked just as proudly as of yore--
    But lo! her babes were ducklings ten,
    Instead of chickens, as before!
    "'Tis better," said the old red hen,
    As she surveyed her waddling brood;
    "A little water now and then
    Will surely do my darlings good!"

    But oh! alas, how very sad!
    When gentle spring rolled round again
    The eggs eventuated bad,
    And childless was the old red hen!
    Yet patiently she bore her woe,
    And still she wore a cheerful air,
    And said: "'Tis best these things are so,
    For babies are a dreadful care!"

    I half suspect that many men,
    And many, many women, too,
    Could learn a lesson from the hen
    With foliage of vermilion hue;
    She ne'er presumed to take offence
    At any fate that might befall,
    But meekly bowed to Providence--
    She was contented--that was all!

 

We need to find contentment to find peace and happiness. Gratitude and looking on the bright side of life and situations will bring contentment.

 

PRECIOUS GIFTS

Yesterday a butterfly 
Came floating gently through the sky.
He soared up through the atmosphere
Then drifted close enough to hear.

I said, "I'd love to fly with you
And sail around the way you do.
It looks like it would be such fun
To fly up toward the summer sun.

But I have not your graceful charm.
I haven't wings, just these two arms.
I've been designed to walk around.
My human feet must touch the ground.

Then magically he spoke to me
and told me what his wish would be.

He said, "What I'd love most to do
Is walk upon God's Earth with you,
To squish its mud between my toes
Or touch my finger to my nose.

I'd love just once to walk around
With human feet to touch the ground,
But I have not two legs that swing,
I haven't arms, just these two wings."

And so we went our separate ways
In wonder and surprise.
For we'd both seen God's precious gifts
Through someone else's eyes.
 

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Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood." (Mark 12:42-44)

We speak of the widow's faith, trust in God, and unselfishness by giving all she had. But let's add one more quality - her contentment. She was content in her relationship with God. She didn't need to hold on to those two coins - she was content with belong to God, and in her gratitude, she knew she would be cared for. May our contentment lay in Christ, not in this world.

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"Some murmur when their sky is clear

And wholly bright to view,

If one small speck of dark appear

In their great heaven of blue.

And some with thankful love are filled,

If but one streak of light,

One ray of God's great mercy, gild

The darkness of their night."

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August 2017