Rules for Contentment

Last year, I went to my friend’s mom’s house where a bunch of us ladies from church were getting together for a sewing morning. When I visit people’s homes, I love to look at their fridges! Fridges are so interesting to me. Its there you find those candid photos, Christmas photo cards, significant Bible verses, lists, reminders and kids artwork!

As I was looking at the fridge and admiring all the pictures and writings, I noticed a handwritten note titled, “Rules for Contentment”. As I read through this list, I knew I wanted that list on my fridge! No matter how happy or joyful we are, we still have the sin nature in us and still will constantly, all our lives, battle for contentment… everyone of us! This is something, like all other spiritual disciplines, that needs to be practiced.

Rules for Contentment

1. Never allow yourself to complain about anything, not even the weather.

2. Never picture yourself in any other circumstances or some place else.

3. Never compare your lot with others.

4. Never allow yourself to wish this or that had been otherwise.

5. Never dwell on tomorrow – remember that tomorrow is God’s, not ours.

There is such a freedom and joy in this loving reminder to put our focus on Christ and be content in all circumstances!

Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. 1 Timothy 6:6-19 ESV

Photo Credit: Adam Loewen, Iona Scotland

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