Rewards for Contentment

1 Timothy 6: 6-10 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

While writing to Timothy, Paul’s son in the Lord, he wrote these words about some who were living lives of sin and causing friction and imagining godliness is a means of gain, he wrote godliness with contentment it is great gain: for we brought nothing into the world, and we can’t take anything out of the world. Then he added if we have food and clothing, with these we should be content.

He added that the love of money is the root of all evil, but that believers are to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, and gentleness. Are these our goals: if so, and we achieve them, we will enjoy contentment. I’m continuing to obtain the contentment Paul expressed when he stated that he had learned to be content in whatever situation he was enduring.  Again: I’m trying to achieve such contentment.

Heavenly Father, many times contentment eludes us: for we are never completely satisfied with who we are and what we have achieved. I know that’s true of my life: just one more book, one more series of devotions to write, one more poem to send my readers, and one more day to serve my heavenly Father, but one day those days will end. And unless these were done to honor the Giver of my talent, all will be worthless.

 

Lord, during my life I worked hard and knew pain,

And contentment I was never to completely gain.

But trust that I was kind to some children I taught,

Or some encouragement to a lonely one brought.

 

Doris Lisemby