I Timothy 6:8-9 - "If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction." NASU
So let me ask a question. Are we more like the man with 12 children or the man with one million dollars?
Are we content or do we always want more?
We all know this can be a vicious cycle when we always want more. So what can we do to get out of this trap?
I read a book some years ago and the Dr. was saying you should start now to cut back on your salt intake because if you have a heart attack the doctor will tell you you must NOT use salt. Once humans hear we must NOT do something we want to do it all the more.
So the key to being content is to tell ourselves we are happy right now with everything we have and we don’t need anything else. We will want to repeat this over and over again.
What do they all say?
If we don't have their product there is something wrong with us. We just aren't all we could be without the item they are selling.
It is their product that is going to make us happy or content.
Things are not going to make us happy or content.
Happiness and contentment come when we are satisfied with what we already have acquired.
What we need is to train ourselves in advance with what is known as "positive self-talk."
It is what the athletes use before their events.
We must listen to what we are saying to ourselves.
If we believe the commercials or advertisements we must have their product before we can be happy or content then we are going to sacrifice our peace and contentment without their product.
If we buy the product we will only have temporary contentment until the next article appears telling us we really need this new item to be content.
We must learn to say NO to our desires.
In Philippians 4:11 Paul says, “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be a content in whatever circumstances I am.”
How did Paul learn to be content? By telling himself he had all that he needed and if he needed more God would supply it.
In Heb.13:5 God’s word says, “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”
We can be content BECAUSE God watches over us and He will NEVER desert or forsake us. If we really need something, ask God for it; and if God believes we need it, He will provide it.
How cool is that?
Think About This:
Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it. - William Feather
Gary A. Serago
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