BOOK OF GOD'S PROMISES
Living in Contentment
By J. Stephen Lang
The comic Will Rogers described advertising as "making people want
what they don't need and paying for it with money they don't have." He understood
a basic principle of advertising: Make the person discontent, make them feel their
life would be better if they had product X. "My life would be fine if only I had
. . ." What? A better job, a new car, more vacation time, bigger muscles, a new
In fact, this feeling didn't begin with the age of advertising.
It's as old as humanity. The Bible writers were familiar with it. They were also
familiar with an ageless truth: Nothing brings contentment except living within
A relaxed attitude lengthens life; jealousy rots it away.
For the happy heart, life is a continual feast.
is better to be poor and godly than rich and dishonest.
dry crust eaten in peace is better than a great feast with strife.
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's
Don't envy sinners, but always continue to fear
the LORD .
Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what
you don't have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless; it is like chasing
Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied
with what you have. For God has said, "I will never fail you. I will never forsake
I have learned how to get along happily whether I have
much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have
learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach
or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything with the help of Christ
who gives me the strength I need.
True religion with
contentment is great wealth. After all, we didn't bring anything with us when
we came into the world, and we certainly cannot carry anything with us when we
die. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.
1 Timothy 6:6-7
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