Grumbling Antidote #2: Contentment

It’s NO GRUMBLING WEEK 2013 here on GUWG. Here’s today’s anti-whining Bible selection:

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)

A big source of my grumbling is that I want stuff I don’t have. Here’s a conversation I have far too often with myself:

He has a cool ___________.
Why can’t I?
Grumble. Whine. Complain.

That violates one of God’s Big Ten: don’t covet. God knows what’s best for us. He gives us all we need.

I like The Message‘s take on these verses:

A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough.

And, just in case you’re a bit like me, here’s an additional pro-contentment selection for you to marinate in:

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Peter 1:3-4)

The bottom line?

BE CONTENT WITH GOD

 

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