#1071 – Be Content

Good morning people who enjoy what you’ve got

Matthew 6:9-13 (NKJV) In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Give us this day our daily bread…

A simple thought comes to me as I read this line: Lord, help us be content with what we have today. Oh how different our outlook and approach to life would be if we truly lived by this on a daily basis.

We live in a time when many are not satisfied or content with what they currently have; people want more. We live in a time when people seem to have insatiable appetites for the next new thing. Children do it with toys, teenagers do it with technology, adults do it with possessions…and that’s just a broad-stroke starting place for discontentment.

Discontentment is a breeding ground for ungratefulness, and isn’t that a sign of the times. Discontentment is living with a focus on what we don’t have rather than on what we do have. And this is exactly the problem Adam and Eve faced way back in the Garden of Eden when God told them to “enjoy all the good fruit I’ve prepared for you but just don’t touch this one tree”. Where was their focus? On the one they couldn’t have.

Often times, where is our focus? On the things we don’t have.

Jesus tells us to pray that we have enough for today and I believe we would do well to live with a spirit of contentment and gratitude.

While you are listening, may I say that you do not need a larger TV, a newer car, a bigger house, a new Wii, an iPad 2…you don’t need them in order to be content and grateful