How many times have you seen this while driving down the road? That poor cow always trying to get to the grass on the other side of the fence. Aren’t we much like that cow? How often is it we want what we can’t have and pursue it without thought of the consequences?
There is much to be said for finding contentment with what we have rather than always pursuing that which is just out of reach. Oh wait, before you go there…I am all about goals…defining goals, planning a path to reach the goal and celebrating the achievement of goals.
I am not referring to goals…I am referring to the constant state of discontent. Are you always looking for something or someone to make you happy; that perfect job, perfect mate, perfect party, or perfect friend?
…godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6
We celebrate being a Christian and being born again…we try to live our lives as Christ would have us live by acting right, talking right, walking right or anything else right…BUT are we content?
Are we content in knowing Jesus is our Lord and Savior and He is in control; that all we have belongs to him and…. all we are is because of him??? Well…we should be…In finding contentment in Jesus all the other “stuff” does not matter!!!
My friend, I am here to tell you…The grass IS NOT always greener on the other side!!! Stop looking for that something or someone to make you happy…Start looking for GOD!
This morning I watched a show called “Cash in the Attic” and found it interesting how the family on the show sells the “stuff” that has accumulated in their attic in order to buy more stuff. Interesting concept…it caused me to think back on the different phases of my life.
When Richard and I were first married our first home was an apartment in Angleton. It wasn’t long after that we realized apartment living was not for us so we purchased a trailer house. We loved it and was perfect for the two of us but it wasn’t long after that we were three. So, we purchased a 1200 sq ft brick home in Angleton. This little place was great while my girls were at my feet but once they were at my shoulders we found ourselves a little cramped so we moved into a 3800 sq ft home. Once Richard decided to attend Seminary we sold our home and moved into a little place next door to my grandparents which was 600 sq ft.
I share the history to say… It was not the size of the house or the possession the house contained which defined me; it was my attitude. We have had some really tough financial times and we have had some plentiful times but during those times I relied on the scripture Philipians 4:12-13.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Did I feel like things were futile? At times…Yes! But it is during those lean times I learned to be content and focus on what I do have rather than dwell on what I didn’t have.
Remember…Life is about relationships and people; not about “Things”.