Thursday, August 23, 2012
Photo taken at Fripp Island, SC
Andrew Carnegie said, "Show me a contented man, and I'll show you a failure." Oh, how wrong he was! I've been feeling great contentment these past two weeks, and I am not even close to being a failure. Poor Mr. Carnegie must have been a driven man. I guess, too, that our standards are quite different. He must have gotten his from the world around him, while I get mine from The Bible. Here is what that great book has to say about contentment.
Hebrews 13:5-Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have.
I Timothy 6:6-8-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 wll be content with that.
Philippians 4:11-13-I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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 want. I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.
Only Christ Jesus can give us the strength to be content no matter what our circumstances. I'll have to confess that I don't utilize His strength enough. I've often been discontent with my circumstances and lacking in trust in the only One who brings true peace and contentment. For now, at least, I'm feeling mighty content with life. I hope it lasts!