There is great gain in godliness combined with contentment. 1 Timothy 6:6
We live in a restless age. We aren’t satisfied by what we have, and we are ever striving for more. More money. More accomplishments. More prestige. Even though we may have a good life, we dream of an even better life, which we believe we can attain if we only work hard enough. We spend countless hours and days in pursuit of a life of paradise and perfection that always seems to elude our grasp. In the end, if we are not careful, the dream, the vision, the allure of the perfect life can and will kill us. We will die grasping for a dream instead of taking hold of life.
Contentment with what we have—contentment with what we have been given—is a way to quiet the restless longings within us. This is not an endorsement of laziness or sloth, but a word of encouragement that helps us to gain perspective on what is and is not possible in our lives. The restless desires of our hearts will kill us, while cultivating a sense of godly contentment can lead to life . . . and, frankly, a far greater appreciation for life.
Where in your life are you feeling restless?
Lord, I do not want to live lazily, but I also do not want to waste my life in vain pursuits. I want to be content with what You have given me…and simply appreciate it and give You thanks. In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN.