I am a rose with soft pink petals and leaves of pretty green.
But a daffodil so bright and yellow is what I want to be!
We can learn so much by enjoying God’s creation through beautiful flowers! If a rose could talk, do you think it would tell God that it was bored with being pink and would like to look like the daffodil? I know that sounds silly – and you’re right, it is! But as silly as it sounds, there’s a lesson to be taught 🙂
When we get right down to it, don’t we voice this same “complaint” when we are not content with our lives? If only I were skinnier – if only I had a job – if only we lived in a bigger house!
~I Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
I noticed something about verse 6 – it doesn’t say contentment alone is considered “great gain.” The verse says that it is godliness with contentment that is great gain. A woman can be content with her life as a stay at home wife, but if her home is a disaster area, or she is a busy body or gossip, she is not experiencing “the godliness” part of that verse! As a result, she will not experience the great gain the Apostle Paul speaks of. Instead, she will have a house filled with chaos. We reap what we sow in our lives. The woman who sows with godliness will have contentment. She won’t be seeking “other” things because she is content with what she has already been given.
However, the woman who is constantly looking for that one other thing to make her happy will never be content. Her contentment is “based on having things” and it won’t last. At some point, she will hit the brick wall of discontent and will come face-to-face with her sin. I have learned that the Devil’s happiness is temporary – once he sucks us into the sin of discontentment, the happiness disappears and trouble begins.
~Proverbs 11:29a He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind:
Do we have little? So what? A woman should be very careful in this area. A discontented woman sends a message to her husband which says, “I’m not satisfied with the way you provide for our family – I want more!” That poor husband will end up working ALL the time to provide all her wants (notice I didn’t say ‘needs’)! Then when he’s away from home so much, she will complain because he’s always at work. This is not what verse 6 is all about.
So tell me – exactly what is important to us, ladies? Is it our husband, our children, our home? Or is it all about our stuff? This is the contentment gauge: ask yourself, “If I could have anything I want, what would it be?” Now, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? That will tell you where your heart really is! If your heart’s not where it should be, it’s not too late to work on it 🙂
God knows exactly what we need, when we need it. The Apostle Paul knew all about contentment and learned that Christ strengthened him in every situation that he found himself in – whether he had much or had little! He really worded it nicely:
~Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
The content woman is thankful that she doesn’t live on the streets; the discontent woman wishes she lived in a better neighborhood. The content woman is thankful for today’s bologna sandwiches even though it’s the fifth straight day they’ve had to eat it; the discontent woman complains to her husband, “If I have to eat one more bologna sandwich, I’ll gag!” The content woman is thankful for the drapes she was able to get at the thrift store; the discontent woman complains because Macy’s didn’t have the color drapers she wanted.
What are we teaching our children when we complain about not having what we want? Our children know exactly what’s going on in the home and they learn by observing. Does your child say, “But Mooommmm! Lisa got HER jean skirt from Macy’s! I hate this cheap looking Walmart skirt!” It must be a slap in Christ’s face when we are not content with what we have: it’s a slap given to Him by His spoiled and selfish child. 😦
Do we have an “attitude of gratitude” or do we display ungodly discontentment? It’s never too late to confess this sin and forsake it! Our children need a good example! Like the Apostle Paul, a grateful heart is a satisfied heart and adapts to every situation in life with peace and contentment!
~I Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.