Things Don’t Bring Contentment

Things Don’t Bring Contentment

    Monetary Things Don’t Bring Contentment     I have lived almost 100 years and seen electricity replace oil lamps, furnish refrigeration to preserve our food, power to wash our clothing, and to operate many other appliances which make our lives easier. Automobiles, trains, and airplanes have replaced the horse drawn buggy and wagon of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Then there came telephone, radio, television, and we marveled that we could receive messages and programs world wide. And I never dreamed during my lifetime I would be typing on a computer. With these and many other inventions, and …

Contentment Not Found in Success

Contentment Not Found in Success

  Contentment not Found in Success       Contentment is possible or Paul would not have advocated it. He wrote,” But godliness with contentment is great gain: for we brought nothing into this world and it is certain that we will take nothing out. And having food and clothing, let us be content. But they who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare. and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men into destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” 1Timothy 6: 6-10a. It appears if one has the essentials …

Contentment is a Condition of the Heart

Contentment is a Condition of the Heart

    Contentment is a Condition of the Heart     Paul was a man who knew the meaning of contentment, but he did not learn it overnight. While in prison, or his rented house at Rome, he wrote these words, “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 need, I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” Philippians 4: 12-13. Paul was a wise man when …

Am I Wired for Contentment?

Am I Wired for Contentment?

    Am I Wired for Contentment?     At almost 100, sometimes I wonder if I shall ever reach the age when I will not have one more goal to achieve or one more project to complete before my life is over on earth. Is that wrong? Is my ambition misdirected? During my current inabilities is God trying to teach me the importance of resting in His arms of love and enjoying His presence? I’m not sure that I know the answers to those questions, but I believe my Father wants me to be faithful to the end and will give me …

Contentment Isn’t Mere Inactivity

Contentment Isn’t Mere Inactivity

    Contentment isn’t Mere Inactivity     Some have the misconception that elderly people are feeble individuals who exist from day to day waiting for the Death Angel to knock at their doors. That they arise in the morning, and if capable get dressed for the day, eat a light breakfast, then watch television until about eleven-thirty when a van comes to take them to the senior adult center for lunch and to play bingo and dominoes. Then about two o’clock the bus comes to take them home where they takes naps and then watches more television, eat a bowl of cereal and go to bed. What …

Laziness or Contentment

Laziness or Contentment

    Laziness or Contentment     I remember when my husband and I were planning to take early retirement because of my parents’ failing health, I had no idea of the plans God still had for my life. But God knew and equipped me to serve in some interesting and challenging ways. I’d spent thirty-two years in the teaching profession and have spent almost thirty-six years serving in other ways. Some may consider retirement as the time to take life easy; many however, feel as I now feel: that it is a time to perform other activities God has planned …