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“Content”, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is “happy enough with what one has or is; not desiring more or different; satisfied.” The Bible gives you the most important reason for contentment – “and be content with such things as you have: for he hath said: I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE, NOR FORSAKE THEE.”1 God is always with us, so why should we want anything else?

He is sufficient for us. Our lives will be worthless if they are all about getting. We will be like the leach’s daughters, Give and Give.2 We would be a burden to others and ourselves. However, things like ads and commercials tend to inspire covetousness, which is the opposite of contentment. This means that we have an inordinate desire for someone else’s possessions. To avoid this, we must “pray without ceasing”3 – in this case, for contentment. Oh, and avoid the ads and commercials. In short, contentment is a very precious, but fragile, treasure. It should be guarded at all costs.

1 Hebrews 13:5b

2 Proverbs 30:15

3 1 Thessalonians 5:17

By Trevor Alexander Wallace, 2/2/2012

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