Content-o-Meter

TimWhat is your contentment level?  A group of us have been meeting after worship on Sundays at our church and yesterday was a great lesson. Somewhere in the conversation, Paula Polfliet (one of the leaders), mentioned that we need to “bring contentment into our home.”  I had never heard it phrased quite like that before.  I began thinking about all the things we do bring into our homes.  We bring furniture, food, clothes, nick-knacks, the morning paper, the afternoon mail, exercise equipment, entertainment, media, and thousands of other big and little things. 

 

But how can we tangibly bring “contentment” into our home?  I know that I need to.  I know that my beautiful wife and daughters will have better lives if I do.  I know that it will create in me a better sense of health and wellness – emotionally, physically, spiritually, and relationally.

 

So I have to ask myself – where does my contentment come from? How can I bring it into my home each day? I think I need to rejoice always – in every circumstance.  I have to make it a habit.  I also need to intentionally live in gratitude for all that God has blessed me with.  This week is a good week to start. 

There is a verse in Philippians that says, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Phil. 4:11-13). 

 

My “content-ometer” is full today and I am planning to keep it that way. 

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