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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Clutter to Contentment

But 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 will be content with that.
                                                                          1 Timothy 6:6-8

I'm still stuck in the process of learning that things - no matter how beautiful or special - will never be able to give me the contentment that can only be found in Christ.

I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with beautiful or special things.  They can add enjoyment and pleasure to our lives.

But they can never bring us lasting happiness.  They can never take the place of God - not without terrible consequences.

Advertisers promise that the next new "it" item is all we need to be happy and fulfilled.  We're told that we need this new and improved version of "it" to stay connected and current.

The reality is that there is no "it" that can ever fully satisfy our souls.  Only the Prince of Peace can do that.

Why is this so hard for us to understand?

Why are we drawn like Magpies to the next bright and shiny new object?

We'll never find what we are searching for in the temporary things of this world.  No matter how beautiful or exciting, they will all pass away.  The Love that is the great source of us all is the only thing that will remain.

True contentment will never come from the clutter of worldly possessions. We will only find lasting peace when we loosen our grip on the things of this world and cling to Christ who holds all things together (Colossians 1:17).  In the end that's all that really matters.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for your words of wisdom Sandee. It's true we're drawn to the shiny stuff . . . I have to keep reminding myself of what you said. The shiny doesn't satisfy my soul. It may soothe it for a moment or two, but it never satisfies.

    Thanks for the email, too. I have moderated comments. So unless I've approved a comment from you before, it won't show up till I approve it.

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  2. Shiny stuff. It's what we see in the moment... and they point deeper to something we long for. Thanks Sandee for sharing your post in this week's faith jam! Welcome!

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